Magnificent Music (2014-15 Season)

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Czech Philharmonic

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor
Janáček: Taras Bulba
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 125
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World", Op. 95

  • November 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

One of today's most elite piano soloists joins this renowned orchestra for a concert full of passion and sterling technique. Since its inception more than a century ago, the Czech Philharmonic has maintained an outstanding international reputation on par with many of Europe's most prominent orchestras. The ensemble, which performed one of its first concerts under the baton of Dvořák, presents a program of beloved Eastern European works led by conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. Regarded as one of the world's best pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet showcases his dazzling technical ability and musicality to the Center in a performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. "The joy, brilliance, and musicality of [Thibaudet’s] performance could not be missed." (The New York Times)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 14, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$70, $60, $42. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 4, 2014

Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight

  • November 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Begin celebrating the holiday season with the rapturous voices of this revered a cappella ensemble. This critically acclaimed group comes to the Center for the first time to present a dazzling holiday performance — a candlelight Christmas concert with a popular mix of Gregorian chant, carols, motets, and contemporary music. Based in Miami, and under the direction of its founder and artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire's reputation as an important vocal ensemble has been enhanced by two Grammy nominations, a top-ten appearance on the Billboard classical chart, and a number-one debut on the iTunes classical music charts. "The singing is just fabulous; this group has a really excellent blend." (NPR’s Morning Edition)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 29, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 18, 2014

State Symphony Orchestra of México

Direct from México City

  • January 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Enrique Bátiz, conductor
Irina Chistiakova, piano
Alfonso Moreno, guitar

Granados: Three Spanish Dances
J. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
M. Ponce: Piano Concerto “Romantic”
M. de Falla: Noches en los Jardines de España

This esteemed Latin American orchestra pays tribute to its Spanish roots with an exquisite performance featuring the works of Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and other great Spanish composers. For over 40 years, State Symphony Orchestra of México has interpreted the classics with great reverence and has introduced exciting new compositions to audiences around the world. Known for its expansive and diverse repertoire, the ensemble's collection of recordings includes works by Verdi and Rossini, Mexican and Spanish classical music, and symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Under the baton of founding conductor Enrique Bátiz, these gifted musicians perform a Spanish Festival program featuring piano soloist Irina Chistiakova and guitar soloist Alfonso Moreno. "The beauty of sound with an assured technique and great dynamics that never pass the limits." (La Libre Belgique)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Jan 31, 2015) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on January 20, 2015

Christopher O'Riley and Pablo Ziegler: Two to Tango

  • February 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Two brilliant contemporary pianists share the stage in a  program featuring two-piano arrangements of tango music. One of the foremost pianists of his generation, Christopher O'Riley is known for breaking down barriers between classical and popular music, regularly performs as a soloist with the world's leading orchestras, and is host of NPR's From the Top. The Washington Post says, "O'Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sang out with sweet clarity." Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler launched his career performing in the legendary quintet of tango master Astor Piazzolla, and has since become the face of Argentine New Tango, a fascinating hybrid of tango and American jazz. The Guardian says, "Ziegler…plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness."

Click here for an audio sampling of this incredible duo.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Feb 22, 2015) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $39, $28. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on February 10, 2015

BBC Concert Orchestra

  • April 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Keith Lockhart, conductor
Charlie Albright, piano

Ravel: Le Toubeau de Couperin
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Walton: Crown Imperial
Vaughn Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E minor
Britten: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell

From its beginnings in the early fifties as a radio orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra has grown into one of the world's most respected and versatile orchestras, with an enviable reputation in light music, opera, ballet and musicals. Performing regularly on radio, television, and in the concert hall, it is featured on BBC's weekly radio program Friday Night is Music Night, and can be heard on countless television soundtracks, including Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Under the baton of principal conductor Keith Lockhart, who is also the conductor of Boston Pops, BBC Concert Orchestra performs music of British and French composers and is joined by pianists Charlie Albright. "Its style is gutsy…the ensemble is solid, not flashy." (Los Angeles Times)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 24, 2015) Pre-Performance Discussion

$60, $51, $36. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 14, 2015