Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
November 5, 2013
The ENSO 2013 tour is made possible through the support of Estonian Ministry of Culture
Ames International Orchestra Festival Association
Ames Commission on the Arts
Welcome Welcome friends of Iowa State University and C.Y. Stephens Auditorium! We are so glad you are here to experience the arts at Stephens Auditorium. This elegant 2,729seat auditorium is a dream realized. Itâ€™s a legacy of the visionary leaders and donors who, more than 44 years ago, worked passionately to build it. Leading the charge was ISU alumnus Clifford Y. Stephens who believed all students should have an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the fine arts, which he considered a necessity. Today, performances are attended not only by ISU students, but by community members from every walk of life who travel both near and far distances to see a show that will make them laugh, reflect, be inspired or entertained. Performers from all over the globe have created moments of joy for generations of audiences, from the newest members to those who were here for opening night in 1969. It is with that sense of family that we welcome you to the 2013-14 season, which brings an exciting array of 14 world-renowned touring artists to challenge, entertain and delight you. The calendar is filled with returning friends such as comedian Bill Cosby, who performed two sold-out shows in 1998; and jazz superstar Wynton Marsalis, whose big brother Branford performed here last season and who will dazzle the crowd with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The renowned Moscow Festival Ballet returns to Stephens this winter with a stunning performance of the timeless classic Cinderella replete with elaborate costumes, lush scenery and gifted dancers. The national Broadway tours of Beauty & the Beast and Mamma Mia! were past favorites and promise more great music and dance when they return. We also welcome exciting new experiences. The Iowa premiere of The Addams Family brings Americaâ€™s favorite creepy family and their fun and twisted humor to the stage for a new musical take on a classic tale. The quirky and internationally-known all-ukulele touring chamber ensemble, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, will take you on an eclectic musical adventure. These supreme musicians promise an electrifying performance and invite you to bring your ukulele and join in a jam session at the end. Classic favorites or something new, we hope you will find your passions and more on the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series listed in the color section of this program. We thank you for your support and patronage of the Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium. Enjoy the show!
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Guest Information Our audience members are a valuable part of every performance at Stephens Auditorium. After all, without you, we wouldn’t be here. To ensure you have an enjoyable experience at Stephens Auditorium, please take a moment to read the following information. Enjoy the performance! Admittance: All exterior doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain time and the house opens 30 minutes before curtain time. Arriving Late: As a courtesy to the performers and other audience members, we cannot immediately seat guests who arrive after the performance starts. Latecomers will be admitted as soon as there is an appropriate break in the performance. Cameras and Recording Devices: Taking photographs and the use of recording devices is prohibited and a violation of state and federal copyright laws. Photos will be deleted from memory cards and cell phones, tape and film will be confiscated. Cancellations: Typically, weather related cancellations are not decided until hours before curtain time and will be announced by the media whenever possible. For specific performance information, guests can call the Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office at 515-294-2479, the Administration Office at 515-294-3347, or check our web site at www.center.iastate.edu for updates. Cell Phones and Pagers: All cell phones, pagers and alarm watches should be turned off. Guests expecting messages should leave their cell phones or pagers at the Guest Services Desk, along with their seat locations. Guests may also leave their seat location and the Guest Services number, 515-294-2313, with the calling party.
Children: Every audience member (infants included) must occupy a seat and have a ticket. Please use discretion when deciding which events are appropriate for children. To learn about performances recommended for young children, please contact the Ticket Office at 515-294-2479. Guests are also asked to be considerate of their young ones and other guests by excusing themselves if their child becomes disruptive during the performance. Coat Check: A free coat check is available on the ground floor, just west of the Celebrity Café. Elevators: Elevators are located in the lobbies of all floors on the north side of Stephens Auditorium. First Aid Assistance: First aid assistance is provided by Mary Greeley Medical Center. If you need assistance, please visit the Guest Services Desk or ask your usher for details. Food and Beverages: Food and beverages may be purchased at concession stands located in the lobby areas of the main floor and ground floor before the performance and during intermission. Gift Certificates: Give the gift of entertainment! Gift certificates may be purchased at the Ticket Office in one-dollar increments.
Groups: For most shows, groups of 15 or more receive a $5 discount off adult prices. Call 515-294-2479 for more information. Guest Services: The Guest Services Desk is located in the main floor lobby on the north side of Stephens Auditorium. ISU Student Ticket Discounts: ISU students can purchase tickets to most Performing Arts Series events for $25 or three shows for $60.* There is a limit of two tickets per performance, per student ID. Funded by the Government of the Student Body (GSB). *Restrictions apply for some performances. Three for $60 offer valid with the purchase of a student savings card. Lost and Found Items: Lost items may be reported, turned in or claimed at the Guest Services Desk located on the main floor during an event. After an event, please contact us at 515-294-3347, Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Lost and found items are kept for 30 days.
Parking: Free parking is available in the lots south and east of Stephens Auditorium. Lots A-1 and B-3 are reserved for Performing Arts Fund Donors who contribute $250 or more. Lots are reserved up to 15 minutes prior to show time and are subject to availability. Parking for mobilityimpaired guests is available in the lot located west of Stephens Auditorium. Public Amenities: Restrooms are located on the ground floor and first balcony lobby area. Additional facilities can be found in the first and second balcony towers. Women’s facilities are house left (as you face the stage) and men’s are house right. Restrooms equipped for the mobilityimpaired are located on the ground floor. Smoke-Free Environment: Smoking is not allowed in Stephens Auditorium. The Iowa State Center buildings and grounds are smoke-free. Ticket Exchange: Ticket exchange is an exclusive benefit available only to Performing Arts Series Subscribers and only available for Performing Arts Series events.
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Services for Guests
In today’s world, everyone seems to have less time and more stress, making the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy an event that much more meaningful. A visit to the theater can provide a wonderful escape, so here are some tips that will ensure you — and the guests around you — will have an even more enjoyable trip to Stephens Auditorium.
Every effort is made to ensure every guest has an enjoyable experience at Stephens Auditorium. Should you have additional questions or require special accommodations, please make arrangements with the Ticket Office when purchasing tickets.
“Fashionably Late” is never in style
ATM: For your convenience, an ATM is located on the ground floor near the Ticket Office. The ATM is accessible during all performances.
Please arrive early enough to find your seat before the curtain rises. After the performance has begun, latecomers will be asked to wait until a suitable moment before being seated. The same reminder applies at intermission.
Sit Back, Relax, and... “Hello?”
Just as the performance transports you from your earthly boundaries, your neighbor suddenly starts beeping like a fire alarm or has an obviously less-than-crucial phone call about some friend’s new haircut. Please be considerate of your neighbors, just as you would expect the same consideration from them, and turn off all cell phones, pagers and watches with alarms. With the outstanding acoustics in the auditorium, these sounds will distract and annoy everyone. If needed, you can arrange to be notified in the event of an emergency call. See “Cell Phones and Pagers” on page 2 for details.
Talk of the Town
We’re delighted if the performance becomes the “talk of the town,” but please wait until intermission or the final curtain to carry on conversations. You might also consider reserving any negative feedback until you are in private. People have differing opinions about creative events, and after all, you could be sitting next to the conductor’s mother or a company member’s spouse.
An Evening with the Family
Children are always welcome at Stephens Auditorium events. However, some performances require an adult attention span and a quiet auditorium. Please be considerate of both your young ones and the rest of the audience by excusing yourself with your child if he or she becomes disruptive during the performance. Not sure if your little one will enjoy the show? Give us a call at 515-294-3347 or toll-free 1-877-843-2368 to find out which 4
events are especially suited for children or to arrange a special seating location so everyone can enjoy the performance. Remember, all guests (regardless of age) must have a ticket.
Hearing a Pin Drop
If you should need a cough drop or candy to help soothe a scratchy throat, please try to open the wrapper quickly and at an appropriate time (a scene change, applause, etc.). A good tip: unwrap a few lozenges before entering the auditorium.
A Star is Born
Performing arts enrich our community’s cultural life and bring a variety of entertainers to our backyard. These talented artists may be performing in your favorite musical or playing a well-known concerto, but you may be sitting near people who aren’t familiar with the piece. Please resist humming, singing along, or finishing a line for the actors.
Should you find yourself near someone who chooses to violate the rules of common courtesy, please remember that a quiet reminder or a polite “shh” can be very effective. If needed, ask an usher to help resolve the issue.
A quick departure is noticed by everyone in the audience and especially by the performers on stage. Making a mad dash for the exit expresses inconsideration to everyone in the auditorium. Please stay until the house lights go up. Should you need to make an exit before the final curtain call, please be discreet and considerate to others in your row.
Background Materials: To learn more about the artists before you come to Stephens, we post biographies of the performers, composers and authors. You can also preview the event with audio and video samples at www.center.iastate.edu Listening Devices: Infrared listening devices to clarify and amplify sound are available free of charge at the Guest Services Desk in the main floor lobby. The supply is limited and dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis. Special Seating: Wheelchair seating and special seating for the hearing and visually impaired is available for all performances. Sign Language Interpretation: When possible, we will arrange to provide sign language interpretation and tape-recorded programs. Requests for these services must be made one month in advance.
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Keeping Up Appearances
Help us preserve the ambience of Stephens Auditorium by depositing all trash in the appropriate receptacles located in the lobby areas.
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Group Benefits Bring a Group and Share Special Moments The finer things in life are just a little finer when shared with colleagues and friends. Why not plan your next group outing around a spectacular Stephens Auditorium performance? Imagine the thrill of the theater, the sublime sounds of a symphony orchestra, or the riotous laughter of a comedy — all moments your group can share! With bountiful menu options, flexible spaces, and a wide selection of concerts and performances at the Iowa State Center, the opportunities for your group events are endless! For more information about group benefits or to start planning your event, contact the Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office at 515-294-2479, toll-free at 1-877-843-2368 or visit www.center.iastate.edu.
Groups Receive Valuable Benefits:
• Personal, one-on-one service • Ticket discounts • Promotional materials for publicizing your group event • Staff hosts to coordinate the details and ensure your event goes smoothly • Ample free parking
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Special Opportunities Make the Most of Your Experience With These Special Opportunities Before, During and After the Show. When you think of Stephens Auditorium, we hope you think of it not just as a venue for seeing the performing arts, but also as a place where you are engaged as an active participant in the arts. The following events will enhance your visit and make each experience more fulfilling. Master Classes: In master classes, artists will meet with groups of students, usually from Iowa State University and other area schools, and share their knowledge and insight as professional performers. In some cases, the artists will even provide a class for the entire community. Free Previews in the Celebrity Café: Engaging presentations offered by topic experts, ISU faculty members or members of the professional touring group provide unique insights before each performance. Previews are free for ticket holders and occur 30 minutes before curtain time. You’ll find the Celebrity Café on the ground floor lobby in Stephens, on the north side of the auditorium. Overture Dinner: We offer pre-concert meals prior to our classical programming, with the next dinner scheduled before the Australian Chamber Orchestra on Monday, March 24, 2014. The buffet is held in the Scheman Building and includes three entrees, dessert, beverages and cash bar. With an informative presentation about the evening’s concert, it is a great way to make it a fun evening with like-minded arts supporters.
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To learn more about these activities and other pre- and post-show events, call 515-294-3347, toll-free 1-877-843-2368 or visit www.center.iastate.edu.
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Performing Arts Series The Art of Programming the Performing Arts Series Do you wonder how the eclectic mix of performances on the Performing Arts Series comes together? And how do we choose the dates? Contrary to the notion that the Performing Arts Series is selected randomly, much like picking shows from a hat, programming involves a lot of planning to bring the best possible collection of performances to our stage. From beginning to end, we do extensive research in choosing the performances. Our goal is to offer high-quality performances from varied genres and disciplines as diverse as our audience. Preparation for the next season begins one to two years before we announce the series each May. Discussions for the 2014-2015 series began before the 2013-2014 series was announced. The extensive planning process includes all of these considerations: 1. Priority List of Artists After scheduling the series each year, there may be performances which were considered but didn’t fit into the schedule and we keep those events on a priority list for the future. Some artists are so well received, that we want them back when the timing is right for a return performance. 2. Geographic/Routing Criteria A big question in the planning process is what performances will be touring in the Midwest and when. Artists’ agents advise which shows are available and the potential artist fees. Many events are available to play at Stephens Auditorium in mid-fall and spring, as they start their tours on either coast and route into the Midwest in October, February and March. Fewer events are available in September, December, January, and April. 3. Collecting Information Next, we collect background material on the performances from various sources, including: Agents: Most agents know the sales history of the artists and want to sell only the events that make sense for a particular venue. We discuss whether an event will fit our community and its needs. ISU’s Performing Arts Council: This panel of Iowa State University faculty, staff, students and community members offers valuable insights and feedback on performances. Iowa State Center staff: Staff members may attend regional and national meetings on the arts, providing an opportunity to preview artists and shows. Guest comments: Guests often have excellent intuition about artists and shows that would be successful on the series. We welcome your comments. Other sources: We monitor the artists scheduled by other presenters to see what works in markets similar to ours. Magazines like Billboard and Variety cover hot new jazz artists, classical music favorites, popular performers and off-Broadway shows. 4. Talking to Artists’ Representatives Negotiations begin via phone, e-mail and at performing arts conferences. We determine how many performances our market can support and begin to shape a preliminary series.
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We must also consider: • balancing the types of shows and arranging dates with the university and community calendars • checking potential conflicts with other area arts presenters • generating budgets for each potential event to ensure there is a balance between financial responsibility and artistic merit, since ticket sales cover only 65% of presenting costs Now the actual booking begins and the schedule is adjusted several times until we have the right mix of performances. Talent fees, ticket prices, performance dates and hundreds of other details are ironed out. When all parties agree, we finalize the event and sign the contracts. However, nothing is set in stone. Scheduling conflicts, changes in tour funding, and other circumstances can change even ‘finalized’ performances. At last, the Performing Arts Series is announced to the public! (Of course, we’re already planning great shows for next season.)
Youth Matinee Series Performing Arts For Young Minds
Parents and educators know that helping a student develop creativity and imagination is one of the most important things they can do. Helping to complete the education formula, our Youth Matinee Series energizes, engages and enhances the overall learning process for students through the magic and wonder of live performing arts experiences produced by professional touring artists. Performances are geared toward enriching students’ lives and illustrating the dynamic relationship between literature, social studies, history, science, math, world cultures and the performing arts.
Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute
The Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute was established through a generous endowment by long-time Marshalltown resident, the late Martha-Ellen Tye. It brings a unique blend of arts experiences to students of all ages through matinee performances, teaching activities in schools, demonstrations and workshops. Now in its 15th year, the program has served more than 150,000 students in grades PreK-12 from across the state of Iowa. Mrs. Tye believed strongly in the power and importance of arts education and vigorously supported programs that develop the “whole person — body, mind and spirit.” The Youth Matinee Series is underwritten by this endowment, which allows us to keep prices affordable. Resource guides for each performance can be downloaded for free by teachers, students, and parents to further explore the art forms and identify curricular connections, increasing the educational value of the learning experience. If you would like to learn more about these performances, contact Sara Compton, Outreach Coordinator, at 515-294-7389, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.center.iastate.edu. Standing
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Biographies The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO, known in Estonian as Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester – ERSO) started out as a small radio orchestra in 1926. Over the years, it has become Estonia’s representative orchestra and has powerfully increased its international scope, particularly in recent decades. Since 2010 it has been led by Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Neeme Järvi, while Paavo Järvi has been its Artistic Advisor since 2002, and Olari Elts its Principal Guest Conductor since 2007. The orchestra’s previous Principal Conductors were Olav Roots (1939–44), Paul Karp (1944–50), Roman Matsov (1950–63), Neeme Järvi (1963–79), Peeter Lilje (1980– 90), Leo Krämer (1991–93), Arvo Volmer (1993–2001) and Nikolai Alexeev (2001–10). Renowned guest conductors of the ENSO throughout the years have included Hermann Abendroth, Karel Ančerl, Paavo Berglund, Leo Blech, Albert Coates, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Aram Khachaturian, Kirill Kondrashin, Dmitri Kitaenko, Nicolai Malko, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Leif Segerstam, Maxim Shostakovich, Leonard Slatkin, Igor Stravinsky, Evgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Osmo Vänskä, and others. The high quality of ENSO’s recordings has been identified by several recognized music magazines, and they have won several awards including the Grammy Award for their recording of Sibelius’ cantatas (Virgin Classics). In addition to close cooperation between ENSO and Virgin Classics, the orchestra has also recorded music for Alba Records, BIS, Antes Edition, Ondine, Finlandia Records, Melodiya and other companies. The orchestra has toured widely throughout the world and has taken part in numerous
music festivals at home and abroad. ENSO went on its first international concert tour to Romania and Bulgaria in 1972, with Neeme Järvi and Roman Matsov conducting. In the 1970s and 1980s, ENSO toured the Soviet Union actively (including the Far East, and cities in Siberia and Transcaucasia) and was a regular performer in the renowned concert halls of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) and Moscow. Since then the orchestra has gone on more than 50 tours, the longest being the three-week tours of Italy (2003, conductor Nikolai Alexeev) and the USA (2009, conductors Eri Klas and Nikolai Alexeev). The most important festivals ENSO has performed at include Europamusicale in Munich, Musiksommer in Gstaad, the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and Il Settembre dell’Accademia in Verona. In 2006, ENSO and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Olari Elts, performed Arvo Pärt’s music in Turin Cathedral as part of the cultural programme of the XX Olympic Winter Games. ENSO’s home venue is the Estonia Concert Hall, which turned 100 years old in 2013. The orchestra also regularly performs in other large concert halls in Estonia and also at open air concerts in summer. The repertoire at ENSO includes music ranging from the Baroque period to première performances of modern works. ENSO has performed the premieres of the symphonic pieces of almost all Estonian composers including Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Eduard Tubin, Eino Tamberg, Jaan Rääts, Lepo Sumera, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve and others. In addition to Estonian musicians, the orchestra performs with many renowned conductors and soloists from around the world.
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cellist
Narek Hakhnazaryan was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. Already hailed a “seasoned phenom” by the Washington
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Post, and praised for his “intense focus and expressive artistry” by the New York Times, Hakhnazaryan is emerging as one of the most significant young artists on the world stage. Narek’s recent debuts include performances with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestras; his debut with the Chicago Symphony; and his New York concerto debut performing the Elgar Concerto in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In the 12-13 season, Narek appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic playing the Dutilleux Concerto conducted by Gergiev; he also performed with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern, and the Filarmonica della Scala under Juraj Valcuha. He also made his debut with the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, NDR Hamburg, Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Vienna Chamber, and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras. His Summer Festival appearances included a recital at the Ravinia Festival and performances at the Aspen Festival under David Robertson. In the 13-14 season, Narek will appear in recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and throughout the US. He will embark on a 3-week US tour playing Dvorak with the Estonian National Symphony conducted by Neeme Järvii and Nikolai Alexeev. He will also make his debut with the Toronto Symphony playing the Rococo Variations, and with the Sao Paulo Symphony playing Lera Auerbach. Other highlights include a tour with the Czech Philharmonic under Jiri Bělohlávek, and performances with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala. Recent and upcoming recitals include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, the Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, and the Vancouver Recital Series. Mentored by Mstislav Rostropovich, Narek was the only cellist invited to travel on behalf of Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. As First Prize winner in the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Narek debuted in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Standing
Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Narek was born in 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother is a pianist. His early studies were at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan with Zareh Sarkisyan. At the age of 12, Narek began studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov, and went on to work with Lawrence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Neeme Järvi, Maestro
The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings. Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. Last season he took up his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest Netherland The Hague and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA, and regular engagements with the NHK (Tokyo) and Singapore symphony orchestras. He also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchetra, Swedesh National Orchestra of Gothenburg and the Royal Scottish National orchestras. Highlights of an impressive discography include critically acclaimed complete symphony cycles of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Dvořák, Glazunov,
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Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Neeme Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén, Niels Gade, Franz Berwald, Johann Svendsen, Johann Halvorsen and composers from his native Estonia including Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt. Throughout his career he has recorded with Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and EMI among others. Future releases on Chandos include complete ballets by Tchaikovsky, symphonies and orchestral music by Swiss composer Joachim Raff, also music by Massenet, Chabrier, SaintSaëns, Suppé, Atterberg, Scharwenka, etc. Neeme Järvi has been honored with many international awards and accolades. From his native country these include an honorary doctorate from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, and the Order of the National Coat of Arms from the President of the Republic of Estonia. The Mayor of Tallinn presented Maestro Järvi with the city’s first-ever ceremonial Sash and Coat of Arms Insignia, and he has been named one of the ‘Estonians of the Century’. Neeme Järvi holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Detroit’s Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He has also received the Commander of the North Star Order from King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Veljo Tormis (b. 1930) Overture No. 2 (1959)
Veljo Tormis is an Estonian composer, regarded as one of the greatest living choral composers and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia. Internationally, his fame arises chiefly from his extensive body of choral music, which exceeds 500 individual choral songs, most of it a cappella. The great majority of these pieces are based on traditional ancient Estonian folksongs (regilaul) either textually, melodically, or merely stylistically. Tormis has famously said of his settings of traditional melodies and verse: “It is not I who makes use of folk music, it is folk music that makes use of me.” 16
His composition most often performed outside Estonia, Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine) (1972), invokes ancient Shamanistic traditions to construct an allegory about the evils of war. Some of his works were banned by the Soviet government, but because folk music was fundamental to his style most of his compositions were accepted by the censors. More recently, Tormis’ works have been lionized in worldwide performances and several recordings by Tõnu Kaljuste and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. In the 1990s, Tormis also began to receive commissions from some of the pre-eminent a cappella groups in the West such as the King’s Singers and the Hilliard Ensemble. Veljo Tormis’ Overture No. 2 is an early, purely orchestral piece that premiered in 1959, it was the first work of an Estonian composer performed at the prestigious Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland) in 1961. With the Overture No. 2, you hear something truly unique. Tormis claims that he has “never composed ‘pure music,’ music for music’s own sake. Even the meaning in the often performed Second Overture is to be found elsewhere, not in the music itself. I have never just ‘made music.’ I have always had some other reason – an idée fixe – a wish to speak up, to express some idea, even a political idea, but not a solely musical one.” (Jonathan D. Kramer)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony is one of the most popular large-scale masterpieces of the twentieth century, but had the longest and most difficult gestations of all his works. The symphony was commissioned by the Finnish government in honor of the composer’s 50th birthday. December 8, 1915 had been declared a national holiday and Sibelius was expected to conduct the premiere of his new symphony at a gala in Helsinki. Listeners loved the new piece–the audience reportedly shrieked with joy–however, the composer, who was notoriously self-critical, did not. Over the next four years he obsessively returned to the Fifth, dismantling and rigorously rebuilding it into the magnificent and elegant composition we hear tonight.
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Musicologists have long quarreled about this symphony—its structure, whether its first movement meets the criteria for sonata form, where various sections begin and end— but those details scarcely matter once the listener is drawn into its splendor. From its radiant opening horn call to the six silencepunctuated chords of its conclusion, the Fifth is a veritable showcase for Sibelius. The opening is rich with a quiet, dream-like atmosphere, like a forest before daybreak. Following a slow exposition played out in varied tone colors by different instruments, the musical elements seamlessly develop into a most joyful scherzo. The second movement is one of theme and variations and includes melodies played by the oboe and strings (including a playful pizzicato) over a background of brass harmonies evoking a variety of subtle emotional colors. The final movement of the symphony is one of the best regarded and most popular symphonic movements ever written. Beginning with little volume but lots of activity, the horns soon introduce the noble ‘swan theme.’ In an entry in his diary dated April 21, 1915, Sibelius describes his delight in seeing 16 swans while on a walk in the woods: “One of the greatest experiences of my life! Lord God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a gleaming silver ribbon. Their call the same woodwind type as that of cranes, but without tremolo… a low-pitched refrain reminiscent of a small child crying. Nature mysticism and life’s angst! The Fifth Symphony’s finale-theme: legato in the trumpets!”
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
In describing this concerto, Brahms is reported to have said, “Why on earth didn’t I know that one could write a cello concerto like this? Had I known, I would have written one long ago.”
had asked Dvořák to write a cello concerto. Initially, Dvořák was no advocate for using it as a solo instrument, maintaining “high up it sounds nasal and low down it growls.” It is difficult today to know why this now longforgotten score made such a deep impression on him, but Dvořák had an enthusiastic response to friend and colleague Victor Herbert’s Second Cello Concerto and he heard something that inspired him to write for solo cello and orchestra. Now, with little previous inclination and few useful models, Dvořák gave the form its finest example with a concerto that would prove to be the last major symphonic work of his career. Written in 1894 in New York, the Cello Concerto ranks among Dvořák ‘s most assured compositions. Its melodies are astoundingly rich; the first movement, for example, contains what has been called “one of the most beautiful passages ever written for the horn,” which even Dvořák said he could not hear without emotion. The second movement pays tribute to his beloved sister-in-law Josefina, by quoting one of her favorite melodies, the first of his Four Songs, op. 82, “Kéž duch můj sám” (Leave me alone). The homesickness he was feeling while in America adds a bittersweet quality to the concerto and while grouped in his “American” works, it is far more closely allied to his Bohemian roots, filled with the spirit and rhythms of his beloved homeland. Josefina died soon after Dvořák permanently returned to Bohemia, and, hearing the news, he added a long, contemplative coda as a memorial. The finale’s last 60 measures have an ineffable quality of repose. That quality is one of the concerto’s most distinguishing characteristics and while the concerto still ends in high spirits, it is no longer the same piece Dvořák took home from the “new world.”
The literature for solo cello and orchestra has never been extensive and for years, the cellist of the Bohemian Quartet, Hanuš Wihan, Standing
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Published on Oct 24, 2013
The program is scheduled to include works by Estonian composers, such as VELJO TORMIS’s Overture No.2 , DVOŘÁK’s Cello Concerto in B minor,...