Berlioz, Sibelius & Dvořák
Saturday, September 19, 2015 | 7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
HECTOR BERLIOZ: Le Corsaire, Op. 21
JEAN SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95
(“New World” Symphony)
Martin Chalifour, violin
Berlioz: Le Corsaire
Evoking swashbucklers at sea, this high-spirited overture is both fiery and sentimental. Its boisterous nature is surprising and unexpected from Berlioz.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Featuring Martin Chalifour
Sibelius doesn’t waste a note in this colorful orchestration. Like Beethoven, he continued to develop his compositional style throughout successive symphonies. Violinist Martin Chalifour is featured in this technically demanding work.
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
Though written by a Czech composer, this is an iconic American symphony and, ironically, the first symphony defined as American. Dvořák composed the work during a discontented three-year stay in America, influenced greatly by his mentor, Johannes Brahms, along with inspiration from the sounds of his new world and his native Bohemian folk tunes.