Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Appears with Marin Alsop and the BSO in Final Program of the Season, June 7–10
Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) April 24, 2012
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestras 2011–2012 season culminates in Nadja Salerno-Sonnenbergs performance of Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, on Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m., Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. Always a champion of new music, Marin Alsop will introduce Symphony No. 4, From Mission San Juan Bautista, by recent Pulitzer Prize winner and Peabody Institute faculty member Kevin Puts; a piece inspired by the handsome old California mission featured in Alfred Hitchocks classic, Vertigo. The program will conclude with music from Stravinskys revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring, whose 1913 premiere is recognized as one of the most controversial debuts in the history of music. The rarely-orchestrated Wagner Tuben used in this performance of The Rite of Spring is a gift from Beth Green Pierce in memory of her father, Elwood I. Green. Please see below for complete program details.
Just last week, American composer Kevin Puts won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his first opera. Historically, his works have been well-received in the Baltimore area; the BSOs previous performances of Rivers Rush and Network were proclaimed prismatic by the Baltimore Sun and fascinating and well wrought by The Washington Post, respectively. This season heralds yet another landmark symphonic work by the applauded composer with the performance of his Symphony No. 4, From Mission San Juan Bautista. Commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival and premiered by Marin Alsop in the summer of 2007, Puts Fourth Symphony is a beautiful, neo-Romantic work that exudes nostalgia for an earlier time and place.
Eight months after his ill-conceived marriage to Antonina Milyukova, Tchaikovsky sought escape on the shores of Switzerlands Lake Geneva. There, he and his brother Modest were visited by the gifted 22-year-old violinist Yosif Kotek, a composition pupil of Tchaikovsky’s in Moscow. In addition to comfort and support, Kotek provided both artistic inspiration and technical advice for Tchaikovsky’s recently begun violin concerto. The piece was finished only a month later, but its premiere in Vienna wasnt for another two and a half years. This astonishingly gifted superstar violinist’s performance might have awakened the composer from a dream of the perfect performance to applaud in his nightshirt, hailed the Madison Capital Times after witnessing Nadja Salerno-Sonnenbergs performance of Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The wildly popular American violinist is a frequent soloist with the BSO and is admired for her passion, interpretive power and compelling stage presence.
May 29, 1913, is a day that will forever be remembered for one of the most notorious scandals in music history. That evenings performance at Th