Stories from ballets, a play, and a prose poem form the backdrop for artistic director and principal conductor Brian Dowdy’s first concert with MPO. You’ll tap your feet to the sonorous folk tunes from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, a ballet that was forward thinking in terms of its depiction of gender roles.
Next, MPO offers a rarely performed tenor version of Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 featuring Josh Diaz and profiling a young protagonist’s wistful and nostalgic adolescence.
Although Beethoven’s overture to Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy Coriolan is at times startling and violent, a secondary theme connotes reconciliation and redemption. And Tchaikovsky’s beloved music for Swan Lake tells of the eternal triumph of love over peevishness, sorcery, and parochialism.
Conducted by Brian Dowdy
- Aaron Copland, Rodeo – Four Dance Episodes
- Samuel Barber, Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with soloist Joshua Diaz, Tenor
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
- Piotr Tchaikovsky, Selections from “Swan Lake”
- November 18, 2017