tonight (!) at the smith and saturday, sunday, monday at the schnitz, cello wiz *alban gerhardt joins the oregon symphony for a powerhouse concerto by sergei prokofiev. a 1986 composition by christopher rouse opens up the program and an 1893 symphony by antonín dvořák closes it out.
why go? if you’ve been wondering what that clanging in your ear has been for the past few days, that’s the sound of our percussionist team rehearsing the opening number. if you’ve been wondering what that buzzing in your ear has been for the past few days, that’s the sound of massive interweb scuttlebutt from orchestra musicians who can’t seem to say enough about how superb mr. gerhardt is playing his cello. [for proof, check out nancy’s latest comment on this very blog!] oh, and if you’ve been wondering what the big deal is about uncle antonín’s final symphony, wonder no more… it’s not only dvořák’s most famous work, it’s one of the most famous works in the entire orchestral canon. or so i’ve been told. i’ve never heard it (live) either, so come join me and let’s do this!
*clicking on this sentence will direct you to the oregon symphony’s website page which contains not only more program information but also a handy link for you to purchase tickets that are required for entry. i suggest clicking on it. now.