Palo Alto Philharmonic Family Concert

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8:00 am – 10:00 am

Cubberley Theatre
4000 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto


Price $20 General Admission; $17 Seniors, and $10 Students

The Palo Alto Philharmonic presents the fourth concert of its 2013-14 season, featuring works by three of Eastern Europe’s most admired composers, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Antonin Dvorák, plus American 20th century composer John Corigliano.

The concert opens with the delightful Capriccio Italiano, composed when Tchaikovsky visited Rome during the Carnival season in 1880.  Its “Italian” music, as heard by Russian ears, was an immediate success and remains one of the composer’s most popular works.  The concert follows with Symphonic Variations (Op.78), which Dvorák based on a Czechoslovakian folk song.

The Elegy by Corigliano was composed almost a century later, first performed in 1966 by the San Francisco symphony.  According to the composer, it is based on a score he wrote for a play about Helen of Troy’s life after the siege of Troy.

Stravinsky was commissioned by Diaglihev’s Russian Ballet company in 1910 to write the music for a new ballet, The Firebird.  This score established Stravinsky’s reputation as a composer, and the Suite is as exciting today as it was over 100 years ago.

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