April 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. (Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.)
College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
Maestro Eric writes...
In some ways, a very exotic concert! We’ll begin with a work that I was instantly and absolutely taken with, the Petite Suite by Debussy. This turns out to be one of the composer’s earliest works, a perfect gem for piano four-hands from 1898 (before Debussy’s first Impressionist masterpiece, Prelude to An Afternoon of a Faun). read more
In 1907, in order to appease the “editorial appetite” of his publisher, Debussy engaged his colleague, composer and conductor Henri Büsser to orchestrate the work, done very nicely indeed! In mood, it is very much like another favorite of mine, the Suite Pastorale by Chabrier.
A dear friend of ours, Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai (last seen as Donna Elvira in our Don Giovanni) brings us six songs from her native Persia arranged by composer David Garner from her Persian Melody Project (Notes from Persia). This will be a World Premiere! I heard a recording of Raeeka doing an earlier set with the Oakland East Bay Symphony that was simply gorgeous; this new one is equally fine. Presented with supertitles.
*Christopher Theofanidis is an American composer whose opera, Heart of a Soldier, was premiered by the San Francisco Opera to great success just a few years ago. We're proud to be doing the West Coast premiere of his Symphony No. 1, a work that is tremendously exciting and quite accessible, without sacrificing any originality. It contains some truly extraordinary passages, with sounds I never imagined could come from an orchestra!
-- Eric Kujawsky
- Debussy: Petite Suite
- Notes from Persia
Six Persian Songs for Soprano and Voice
arranged by David Garner
with Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, soprano
Symphony No. 1
West Coast premiere
$20 adult ($25 at door) $10 student
Redwood Exclusive: 17 and under admitted free!