Festival of the Arts BOCA 2008

Performances

March 2008

On Tour

08 Sat

Centre for the Arts Count de Hoernle Amphitheater

Boca Raton

FL

Program

Glinka
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Conductor:

Claus Peter Flor

Guest Artist:

Lang Lang, Piano

Festival of the Arts BOCA 2008

On Tour

12 Wed

Centre for the Arts Count de Hoernle Amphitheater

Boca Raton

FL

Program

Mozart
Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K.620
David Overton
The Magic Flutes
Mozart
Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314
Tchaikovsky
Suite No. 4 for Orchestra in G Major (“Mozartiana”), Op. 61
Conductor:

Alondra de la Parra

Guest Artists:

Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, Flute

Conrad Tao, Piano

Festival of the Arts BOCA 2008

On Tour

16 Sun

Centre for the Arts Count de Hoernle Amphitheater

Boca Raton

FL

Program

Verdi
Overture to La Forza del Destino
Sicillani
Arrigo! Ah, parli a un core
Puccini
Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
O mio babbino caro, from Gianni Schicchi
Vissi d'arte, from Tosca
Cilea
Poveri, fiori, from Andriana Lecouvreur
Catalani
Ebben?... Ne andro lontana from La Wally
Rossini
Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Copeland
Fanfare for the Common Man
Ritenour
Shenendoah and the Water is Wide
Kander
Chicago Suite
A Letter from Sullivan Ballou
Rodgers
Carousel Waltz
Porter
So in Love, from Kiss Me Kate
Gershwin
Summertime, from Porgy and Bess
Conductor:

Richard Bado

Guest Artist:

Renée Fleming, Soprano

Festival of the Arts BOCA 2008

On Tour

14 Fri

Centre for the Arts Count de Hoernle Amphitheater

Boca Raton

FL

Program

Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 36
Debussy
Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun
Conductor:

Alondra de la Parra

Guest Artist:

Joshua Bell, Violin

Festival of the Arts BOCA 2008


Reviews

Sun-Sentinel

[Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4] has rarely sounded more brilliant. The strings played with knife-edge intensity, and the first-movement climax, where the main theme returns in the upper registers of the violins, came with shattering power.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The classical portion of the second annual Festival of the Arts Boca got under way Saturday with the vibrant and technically dazzling Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Claus Peter Flor and featuring pianist Lang Lang. [The concert] was marked by stirring, forceful yet consistently melodic performances... The overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila.... was remarkable for its precision and clarity, the strings with a deeply burnished sheen. Flor smoothly integrated winds and brasses into the developing patina.... The concert concluded with Beethoven's ambitious Symphony No. 7 in A Major, full of swirling rhythms. Flor led the Russian National Orchestra through a close-knit performance by turns aggressive, playful and freewheeling, flecked at its fringes with majesty.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Festival of the Arts Boca ended its celebrity-studded, 17-day series of cultural events Sunday with a concert that would be tough to beat for sheer sonic pleasure... The Russian National Orchestra sounded as brilliant as ever, assured and musically on the money, even in such thoroughly American works as Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Rodgers' Carousel Waltz and John Kander's Chicago Suite (which at points required the musicians to put down their instruments and whistle, which the Russians did gamely.)

What They’re Saying

"In a modern classical world, rife with reports of under-funded and dying ensembles, curtailed schedules and shrinking audiences, the foundation and continued growth of [the Russian National Orchestra] seems not only miraculous; it just may be the most important cultural story of our time."

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