Friday evening, April 8, marks the last performance of the 2015-16 season as the Prescott Chamber Orchestra brings you its “Spring Strings, Flute & Flowers” concert. Dr. Philip Kuhns, PCO Music director and conductor, has put together an interesting and diverse selection of pieces sure to thoroughly entertain.
The Prescott Chamber Orchestra will start out with the Sinfonia di Bologna by Gioacchino Rossini (Italian | 1792 – 1868). Rossini is best known as a composer of operatic overtures, the most well-known of which is the Guillaume Tell (William Tell) Overture which he wrote much later in his career. In contrast, the non-operatic Sinfonia di Bologna is one of Rossini’s very earliest compositions, yet the music still exudes Rossini’s energetic and even fun expression and is a most enjoyable listen.
The PCO welcomes special guest soloist, Peter Anderegg, assistant principal cellist for the Phoenix Symphony, who will join them in the performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major, Op. 101. While there have been as many as eight cello concertos believed to have been written by Haydn (Austrian | 1732 - 1809), there are only two that are considered genuine: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major and this, Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major. All three movements of this concerto are lyrical and even relaxed, yet the cello solos throughout are all quite technically challenging and sure to highlight Anderegg’s wonderful talent.
Next up, gifted student musician, Shalom Christine Eis, will perform Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 107 by Cécile Chaminade (French | 1857–1944) with the PCO. This piece can best be described as simply beautiful and elegant. Perhaps we should add bright and Spring-like as well. The PCO and Eis’ flute solo will delight! Chaminade is one of very few renowned female composers with many incredibly fabulous works to her credit.
Finally, prepare to be captivated by the dramatic and lively Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 by Sergei Prokofiev (Russian | 1891 - 1953). Prokofiev was a composer who wrote in a wide range of musical genres, including symphonies, concerti, film music, operas, ballets, and program pieces. Probably best known for his opera, Romeo and Juliet, and the symphonic children’s tale, Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev composed Overture on Hebrew Themes based on a notebook of Jewish folksongs compiled by renowned clarinetist, Simeon Bellison. Moderately fast-paced, listeners can expect to enjoy its wonderful dance rhythms and hear the singing melody of strings. The audience will also appreciate a number of instrumental solos by the PCO’s talented musicians.
The concert takes place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.prescottchamberorchestra.com or at the door.