September 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. (Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.)
Cañada College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
- Enesco: Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1
conducted by Kristin Link
with Dahna Rudin, cello
presented with supertitles
The big headliner of our first concert is a performance of Richard Strauss’s towering musical masterpiece based on the classic Cervantes novel. Redwood Symphony is delighted to welcome back for the third time cellist Dahna Rudin, who will seek to personify Don Quixote, a doddering and senile old man who remains unflinchingly romantic, heroic and virtuous, as he embarks on various ill-considered adventures against imaginary foes. The musical work is rich in musical description and motives for the different ideas, which vary in form. (We will use supertitles over the stage.) Of particular note is a very early and picturesque use of atonality in the comic episode of Quixote against the sheep and the first use of a wind machine in the percussion section to characterize his fanciful flight through the air.
The program also includes two orchestral dance showpieces. Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 is only the first of two works programmed this season based on the folk music of that country. Redwood Symphony’s recording of this piece is one of our best, as Maestro K draws on his extensive background in Balkan dancing to give this work a real authentic flavor! Assistant Conductor Kristin Link will open with Wallingford Riegger’s delightful (and virtually unknown) Dance Rhythms.
$25 adult ($30 at door) $10 student
Redwood Advantage: 17 and under admitted free!
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