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SATURDAY, JULY 1 7:30 PM WHITTINGTON-PFOHL AUDITORIUM LISZT PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 Brevard Sinfonia Marcelo Lehninger, conductor Norman Krieger, piano

Official piano of the Brevard Music Center

LEHÁR (1870-1948)

Overture to The Merry Widow

LISZT (1811-1886)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major Allegro maestoso Quasi adagio Allegretto vivace. Allegro animato Allegro marziale animato Mr. Krieger, piano


BARTÓK (1881-1945)

Suite No. 1 for Orchestra, Op. 3

FRANZ LEHÁR (1870-1948) Overture to The Merry Widow The operetta premiered in Vienna on December 30, 1905. The operetta The Merry Widow had unparalleled success all around the world. Yet to “serious” musicians and music critics alike, Lehár’s popular success was just more proof of a lower artistic standard. So when Gustav and Alma Mahler couldn’t recall one of the operetta’s musical numbers at home, they were too embarrassed to buy the score and thereby admit their interest in Lehár’s music. Instead, Mahler occupied the music store clerk with questions about one of his own works, while Alma sneaked



Allegro vivace Poco adagio Presto Moderato Molto vivace

a look at the Lehár score. Now they could happily dance to Lehár’s music without anybody’s knowledge! The expertly crafted overture bursts with a “the best of” tunes from the opera, enticing the audience to settle in for an evening of fun and excitement. Counting Dvořák, among others, as one of his musical advisors, Lehár was a highly-trained composer who happened to choose operetta as his musical outlet. Lehár knew how to write music that is engaging and entertaining—even if the Mahler household wouldn’t want to be caught dead with a Lehár score on their piano.

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