November 4 @ 8pm
Daniel Meyer conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan cello
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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