Featuring pieces by composers Ravel, Shostakovich, and Mussorgsky
Dmitry Sitkovetsky to perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
Transformation! Performances will be held on January 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium, and January 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. Repertoire includes Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Adding to the evening’s excitement, Maestro Sitkovetsky will perform the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 himself. This piece is near to Dmitry’s heart, his father having been one of the first violinists to perform it in 1956. His father performed the concerto for Shostakovich himself--as a result, Dmitry has the hand-written piano reduction of the piece with changes & markings made be the composer. In 1983, Dmitry learned and played the concerto for his Chicago Symphony debut in which Maksim Shostakovich, the composer’s son, conducted.
In conjunction with this season’s theme of Breaking Bad, this concert parallels the story of Walter White’s transformation from lovable protagonist to coldhearted criminal mastermind. The Greensboro Symphony will play on this idea by exploring the evolution of music over time. Both Pavane and Pictures were written for piano and later orchestrated by Ravel. Ravel, a master colorist, uses the orchestra to its maximum potential, augmenting to such a degree that some movements are almost unrecognizable from the original.
Who: Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony
What: Masterworks Series—Transformation:
Pavane for a Dead Princes, Maurice Ravel
Violin Concerto No.1 in a minor, op. 77, Dmitri Shostakovich
Pictures at an Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel
When: January 23, 2015 at 7:30p.m. January 24, 2015 at 8:00p.m.
Where: Aycock Auditorium Dana Auditorium
408 Tate Street 5800 W. Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27403 Greensboro, NC 27410
Price: $46, $40, $34, Students $6
About GSO 2014-2015 Season
In its 2014-2015 Masterworks series, Greensboro Symphony (GSO) explores themes of musical chemistry related to the award-winning TV show, Breaking Bad! The POPS series continues to show the full diversity of the GSO by pulling from country, classic rock and Broadway genres. Through its Chamber series, the GSO gives audiences a more intimate concert experience with the artists as they perform piano and string chamber works. The GSO also continues its Keep Kids in Tune educational programming, which serves over 50,000 children throughout the Piedmont Triad."
- A Press Release