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We are delighted to open the 2014-2015 season with our beloved and brilliant concertmaster David Taylor playing the seldom heard and colorful Symphonie Espanoale of Eduardo Lalo. The program gets off to a lively start with Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, the second in a trilogy celebrating “nature,” “life” and “love” (come back in May for “love”). Completing the program is the last of the great Brahms symphonies, sure to please every performer and listener.
ANTONIN DVORÁK Carnival Overture
EDOUARD LALO Symphonie Espagnole
David Taylor, violin
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
It long has been our wish to have Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein as soloist with Ars Viva, and it could not be fulfilled more splendidly than with this Beethoven concerto, regarded by nearly all musicians as one of the greatest of all piano concerti. Toss in a dramatic overture and one of the most unjustly neglected of his symphonies, and this all-Beethoven concert will brighten the holiday season.
BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
Alon Goldstein, piano
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
here may not be a more engaging and accomplished first stand of violinists in the world than we have at Ars Viva. David Taylor and Ilya Kaler will duel their way through two delightful concerti — an occasion not to be missed. Add in the lush music of Grieg and, surprisingly, of Elliott Carter, and this program will bring pure joy.
MALCOLM ARNOLD Double Concerto for Two Violins
J.S. BACH Double Concerto for Two Violins
ELLIOTT CARTER Elegy
EDVARG GRIEG Quartet arr. for String Orchestra
What a grand triple celebration: the sesquicentennial of nielsen, the winner of the prestigious Ars Viva/Music Institiute of Chicago Concerto Competition and, in Maestro Heatherington’s opinion, perhaps the most infectiously beautiful symphony ever written! Come and revel in these delights and leave feeling better about the beauty that surrounds us in this world.
CARL NIELSEN Maskerade: Overture and Cockerel’s Dance
CONCERTO (TBA) Winner of the 2015 Music Institute of Chicago Concerto Competition
SERGE RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Not surprisingly, the incomparable genius of Shakespeare has inspired countless great musical works written either for performances of the plays or simply as allusions to their dramatic qualities. Closing out the season will be the first in a series of Ars Viva concerts devoted to these works. Enjoy well-known composers Schumann and Dvorak paired with three supremely gifted Jewish-American composers in music inspired by five of the master’s great plays.
MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Overture to The Taming of the Shrew
ROBERT SCHUMANN Overture to Julius Caesar
ERICH KORNGOLD Suite from Much Ado about Nothing
DAVID DIAMOND Music for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
ANTONIN DVORÁK Othello
All concerts at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois
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SAVE your special SEATS in this beautiful acoustically superb 850-seat performance hall located near Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center and many great restaurants.
Chicago’s finest musicians, many of whom are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
As he introduces each piece of music, Maestro Heatherington will keep you enthralled, informed and smiling.
Always interesting music with some pieces that you will not hear anywhere else in Chicago – a perfect mix of old and new!