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PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, op. 19
MAHLER/PETER STANGEL: Symphony No. 4 in G major
In 1917, Prokofiev was about to make his escape from Russia and relocate to Western Europe and the US for a decade and a half. World War I was winding down, but Russia was falling into anarchy in the run-up to the revolution that very year. While concerned enough to plot his exit, Prokofiev’s creative life continued unabated. In 1917, he completed his First (“Classical”) Symphony, the Third and Fourth Piano Sonatas, Visions fugitives for Piano, and the First Violin Concerto, featured in this concert. Tackling this lyrical and virtuosic work will be the summer’s ACA Violin Competition Winner.
Peter Stangel is the founder of the Pocket Philharmonic, an ensemble of 12 to 19 players that has been acclaimed for producing more volume and orchestral color that their numbers would suggest. This concert includes his chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s 4th Symphony, which will be performed with an ensemble bigger than the Pocket but smaller than Mahler’s version. The talented conducting students who will each lead a movement of this captivating and mystical work will have a unique opportunity to bring out a clarity and detail which are harder to discern with a larger orchestra. Hear Mahler like you’ve never heard him before at this free concert!