Aux portes de l’Amérique du XXe siècle

Orchestre symphonique de Québec

Honor to American music for this concert that starts "with a bang" with the brass and percussion of the Orchestra, in the majestic tribute by Copland to the soldiers of World War II. The Chairman Dances by Adams also refers to the history of the United States, staging "Nixon in China". Imagine Madame Mao bursting through the door of a presidential banquet, performing an energetic dance before being joined by her husband, who descends from his own portrait...

Under the fingers of Austrian cellist Julia Hagen, young protégée of Gauthier Capuçon, is Joseph Haydn's First Concerto, whose score was rediscovered in 1961. The lightness of the work from the Age of Enlightenment contrasts with the music of the American golden age. This is followed by a composition that Barber dedicated a few years later to Bach: Mutations from Bach, and then the poignant Adagio by the same Barber, his most well-known work which crescendos a deeply moving theme to a dramatic peak.

Copland's ballet music Appalachian Spring pays tribute to American pioneers at the dawn of the 19th century. The work is inspired by folk music with a country style, which Clemens Schuldt will discuss in the post-concert talk planned after exiting the hall!

From 7 p.m., attend the preludes with Clemens Schuldt or Benjamin René. It is an opportunity to delve deeper into the creative process and to cast an enlightened perspective on the historical context in which the works were composed.

Clemens Schuldt, conductor Julia Hagen, cello

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man

Adams, The Chairman Dances; Foxtrot for orchestra

Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1

Barber/Bach, Mutations from Bach Barber, Adagio

Copland, Appalachian Spring, suite

 

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