April 27, 2011

James Judd Joins RPO for Scheherazade and Tchaikovsky

Maestro James Judd will take the place of guest conductor David Robert Coleman this weekend, leading the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts, Thursday April 28 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 pm in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Coleman’s Albeniz Phantasy will be replaced by Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, and due to the program change, guest violist Edmundo Ramirez will not be performing with the Orchestra this weekend. The remainder of the program—Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Ravel’s Shéhérazade, featuring soprano Christina Pier—remains the same.

British-born conductor James Judd has conducted some of the finest orchestras in the world. He first came to international attention as the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, a post he accepted at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. Judd spent eight years as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and 14 years as Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a frequent guest conductor, and has appeared with major orchestras around the world.

American soprano Christina Pier has performed leading roles with opera companies around the world, and has appeared as a guest artist with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony (Handel’s Messiah), and the Hartford Symphony (Ravel’s Shéhérazade). Pier received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music at Indiana University.

In addition to two unique versions of Scheherazade, you’ll have the opportunity to hear Tchaikovsky’s romantic and dramatic symphonic poem, Francesca da Rimini. Like Scheherazade, Francesca da Rimini was inspired by a literary work. Francesca da Rimini was a real person and a contemporary of Dante Alighieri, and he included her story in the Inferno section of his epic poem, The Divine Comedy. Click here to read the program notes.
Like Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky makes masterful use of the orchestra, and vividly depicts the fire, fury, and passion of this tragic tale. This concert provides a great opportunity to experience musical storytelling at its finest — buy your tickets today!

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by calling 454-2100, or by clicking here.

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