- Opening Night
- Michael McDonald
- RSO Homecoming
- Classics at Calvary
- Holiday Pops
- Musical Aperitif
- Mozart in the Square
- Alexander Nevsky
- Masterworks Finale
- Music of Pink Floyd
- Mainstage Winds
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On the Road
with Vijay Venkatesh, piano
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Stewart Wiley, conductorSun 10 Nov 2013, 3:00 PM
Mon 11 Nov 2013, 7:30 PM
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RSO programs are partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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The RSO's first performance took place at Jefferson High School in 1953. We open this "homecoming" program with the triumphant and magical horn calls from Weber's Der Freischutz. Rising young star Vijay Venkatesh makes his RSO debut in Liszt's grand and expressive first piano concerto. Cascades of brass, romantic Finnish melodies, and a triumphant finale conclude the second symphony of Sibelius and this second Concert Hall Masterworks program.
Weber Overture to Der FreischutzDownload Program Notes ( 0.5 MB PDF)DAVID STEWART WILEY
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550, in 1788. It is sometimes referred to as the "Great G minor symphony," to distinguish it from the "Little G minor symphony," No. 25. The two are the only minor key symphonies Mozart wrote. The 40th Symphony was completed on 25 July 1788. The composition occupied an exceptionally productive period of just a few weeks in 1788, during which time he also completed the 39th and 41st symphonies.
This work has elicited varying interpretations from critics. Robert Schumann regarded it as possessing "Grecian lightness and grace". Donald Francis Tovey saw in it the character of opera buffa. Almost certainly, however, the most common perception today is that the symphony is tragic in tone and intensely emotional; for example, Charles Rosen (in The Classical Style) has called the symphony "a work of passion, violence, and grief." Although interpretations differ, the symphony is unquestionably one of Mozart's most greatly admired works, and it is frequently performed and recorded.
Sibelius Symphony No. 2LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
The Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1800 and was first performed on 5 April 1803, with the composer as soloist. During that same performance, the Second Symphony and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives were also debuted. The composition was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. The first primary theme is reminiscent of that of Mozart's 24th Piano Concerto.
As is standard for Classical/Romantic-era concertos, the work is in three movements: I. Allegro con brio, II. Largo, and III. Rondo - Allegro. The score was incomplete at its first performance. Beethoven's friend, Ignaz von Seyfried, who turned the pages of the music for him at the first performance, later wrote: "I saw almost nothing but empty pages; at the most, on one page or another a few Egyptian hieroglyphs wholly unintelligible to me were scribbled down to serve as clues for him; for he played nearly all the solo part from memory since, as was so often the case, he had not had time to set it all down on paper."
David Stewart Wiley Conductor About this ArtistDavid Stewart Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of our Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and New York's Long Island Philharmonic. Prior to these positions, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and, before that, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In demand as a guest conductor, pianist, and composer, Maestro Wiley has performed all over the world including numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has led top American orchestras including the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Oregon, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Utah. David Stewart Wiley is the recipient of the Aspen Conducting Prize (1993), a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, the Daniels Prize in Music & Literature from Tufts University, and Virginia's Perry F. Kendig Award for Service to the Arts. Maestro Wiley holds four degrees: Doctor and Master of Music degrees in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in piano performance with honors from the New England Conservatory, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.
As a solo pianist, David Stewart Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States and has appeared as a jazz pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria. Wiley has collaborated with a diverse list of top artists in the Classical and Pops world, including Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Midori, Lynn Harrell, John Williams, David Kim, Elmar Oliveira, Jon Nakamatsu, Andre Watts, Norman Krieger, Zuill Bailey, Bernadette Peters, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Hamlisch, Mercedes Ellington, Lou Rawls, Doc Severinsen, Michael McDonald, Art Garfunkel, the Pointer Sisters, Ben Vereen, Kool & the Gang, and the Sounds of Blackness. The RSO & Wiley announced that David will extend his contract with the RSO through 2013.
Vijay Venkatesh PianoAs a prestigious artist, pianist and national media personality, Mr. O'Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, the radio and his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide.
Mr. O'Riley's exquisite and poetic interpretations have granted him phenomenal reviews and several recording contracts with labels like Sony Classical. His warm personality has brought him to host NPR's "From the Top" for the last 10 years. Christopher O'Riley differs from other artists in two ways. First, his repertoire spans classical styles, from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Busoni to contemporary artists such as Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd and Elliott Smith. He is the deŽnition of a Classical Crossover artist. Second, O'Riley 's unique, passionate and heartfelt piano interpretations of both classical and popular music create unforgettable musical performances and astonishing audience experiences. His most famous recording, Radiohead "True Love Waits" album, was awarded four stars in Rolling Stone magazine, along with many other reviews available in the attached press kit. Most importantly, it has also created a dedicated and diverse fan base that appeals to all ages, uniting them through music.
KeyNotes - Pre-Concert w/ David Stewart Wiley 6:30 PM - Nov 11
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