Russian Masters

November 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM | Peoria Civic Center Theater BE ADVISED: There will be limited parking as several events are scheduled at the Civic Center

Glinka, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky

George Stelluto, Conductor
Richard Hirschl, Cello


Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

The PSO continues its GREAT CITIES SERIES with music from Moscow in RUSSIAN MASTERS. The program channels the passion of Russian music through three eras of history; Russia’s “Golden Decade” of the 1840’s, Imperial Russia of the late 19th Century, and Soviet Russia.

Please join us for the Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:00 pm.  Maestro George Stelluto along with Bradley University Adjunct Professor Angela Weck will speak about the concert’s composers, music, and culture of Russia.

4/16/08 1:34:35 PM - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Portrait of Cellist Richard Hirschl © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2008

Richard Hirschl, cello

Cellist Richard Hirschl returns to Peoria and joins the PSO as soloist for the Shostakovich, widely considered to be one of the most difficult works for the cello. Hirschl’s last solo appearance with the PSO was in Brahms’s Double Concerto.

Click here for Richard Hirschl biography

Maestro Stelluto describes the Glinka as “A four minute musical roller coaster that delights all riders.”

Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 requires everything from the soloist – impeccable technique, inspired passion, searching intellect, and emotional maturity. Like much of his music, it is slightly autobiographical and depicts both his love of Russia and his “difficulties” with the Soviet system.

Tchaikovsky’s masterful Fourth Symphony is the first of his “psychological symphonies.” Also autobiographical, his is a story of inner struggle and eventual (possibly) triumph despite the relentlessness of Fate, which haunts this musical journey from the opening brass fanfare. Dramatic and emotional, Tchaikovsky describes this symphony as “life in an unbroken alternation of hard reality with swiftly passing dreams and visions of happiness.”

Curious?  Click here to learn more about this program

Click here to listen to Richard Hirschl performing Brahms Double Concerto




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