It's a busy weekend at Classical 101 and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. On Saturday and Sunday, ProMusica presents an Ohio premiere along with some classic favorites. It was not too long ago that composer Gabriela Lena Frank wrote a double concerto, Compadrazgo, which featured David Finkel and Wu Han with ProMusica. Frank describes her Five Dances (aka Five Scenes) as "works inspired by scenes of Spanish and Peruvian life, I tried to brighten the music with colors newly offered in an orchestral palette."
Pianists Di Wu and Spencer Myer then join ProMusica for a favorite by Camille Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals. You get the full experience, as narrator Barbara Fant brings the composer's whimsical critters to life.
The concerts close with the delightful Symphony No. 6 by Franz Schubert, a composer conductor David Danzmayr believes doesn't get his musical due. As Danzmayr and ProMusica began their "Schubert Cycle" a couple of years ago, David and I talked about Schubert's music and why he doesn't seem to get the props he deserves.
When you attend a ProMusica Concert at the Southern Theatre, I invite you to stay for a few minutes afterward for Coda my Post-Concert Conversation with David Danzmayr and the guest artists. You can ask questions, enjoy a tasty treat, and get to know a little more about the music and musicians.
As if THAT weren't enough...you can ALSO hear ProMusica right here on Classical 101. Their broadcast season continues this Sunday at 1:00 pm as ProMusica welcomes the Spectra Horn Quartet to the Southern Theatre. (Listen to their performance and conversation on Classical 101 here) Karl Pituch, Tod Bowermaster, Denise Tryon, and Bruce Henniss are the soloists in the Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra by Robert Schumann.
Below is their encore piece from last year's concert...Eleanor Rigby.
David Danzmayr and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra open the broadcast with Franz Schubert’s Overture to Rosamunde, then close out the afternoon with the last symphony written by Brahms, his Symphony No. 4.