Program Three: The Symphonic and the Operatic
7 PM Preconcert Talk by Ellen Lockhart
8 PM Performance: Kelly Kaduce, soprano; Michael Wade Lee, tenor; Louis Otey, baritone; Orion Weiss, piano; Aubrey Allicock, bass-baritone; Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano; Cesar Delgado, tenor; Yungee Rhie, soprano, Andrew Fuchs, tenor; members of the Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), Capriccio sinfonico (1883); Il tabarro (1918); Giuseppe Martucci (1856–1909), Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 40 (1878)
The American Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the Bard Music Festival season – looks at two Italian responses to the symphony. Among Puccini's close contemporaries, Martucci was the leading Italian orchestral composer, earning himself the nickname "Italian Brahms," and his First Piano Concerto bears the influence of such German orchestral masters as Schumann and Mendelssohn. Puccini's own Capriccio sinfonico, written just five years earlier for his graduation from the Milan Conservatory, caused a sensation at its premiere, convincing national daily La Perseveranza that he "unquestionably possesse[d] the rare essentials of a symphonic composer." Even that first review, however, also noted the theatrical potential that would find expression in such mature work as Il tabarro, the high-octane first "panel" of Il trittico, Puccini's late triptych of one-act operas.
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