• Warner Theatre (map)
  • 811 State Street
  • Erie, PA, 16501
  • United States

Zarathustra Speaks

November 4 @ 8pm


Daniel Meyer conductor

Narek Hakhnazaryan cello


Pärt Fratres

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1

R. Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra

This evening of musical drama opens with an evocation of ancient brotherhood in Estonian Arvo Pärt’s Fratres.  Set for strings, claves, and a single bass drum, Fratres emerges as a striking example of how rich and spiritual music can evolve out of humble ingredients.  Young Armenian and former Tchaikovsky Competition-wining cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan makes his Erie Philharmonic debut with Shostakovich’s searing Cello Concerto No. 1.  We finish with Also Sprach Zarathustra; from those famous first few bars, a rumble of an organ leads to a triumphant blast of the brass.  Strauss’ infamous tone poem has appeared in numerous commercials and movie soundtracks, perhaps most notably featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  This music will erupt in sonic splendor as the Erie Philharmonic performs this score laden with orchestral majesty and invention. 

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