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Subscription Concert — February 20, 2016

Concert at 8 p.m.
Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.

Cañada College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

  • Chabrier: Suite Pastorale
  • Lutosławski: Paganini Variations
      with Thomas Hansen, piano
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor
      with Thomas Hansen, piano
  • Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils


Even for Redwood Symphony, this is a quite an eclectic program, spanning four corners of the repertoire. Let’s go chronologically: the earliest composed work is Mozart’s C minor concerto. This key had a particularly tragic color and significance for Mozart, and this rarely performed masterpiece occupies a special niche among his 27 piano concerti. We’re pleased to welcome back Thomas Hansen to perform both this work and the Lutosławski described below.

Chabrier’s enchanting Suite Pastorale is one of the maestro’s favorite pieces. Its four movements encapsulate late 19th Century France’s poetic beauty and grace.

Jumping ahead a few decades, Dance of the Seven Veils, from the opera Salome, is a virtuoso amalgam of exoticism and eroticism.  This work represented the height of avant-garde taste and dissonance at its premiere in 1905.

In the early 19th Century, the great violin virtuoso Nicolo Paganini wrote 24 Caprices. The famous 24th Caprice became the inspiration for sets of variations by Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Lutosławski. In the 1950s, the Polish composer Lutosławski wrote his Paganini Variations for two pianos. Years later, he orchestrated it into a display piece for a single piano and orchestra, retaining the construction of the original, but now supported by the 20th Century’s own particular techniques, a delightful piece.

"So what is the difference between an orchestra and a bull?" Be sure to attend the pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. to find out. You'll hear Dr. Kujawsky's updated collection of musical jokes, cartoons, and videos. (Rated PG-13 for just a little vulgar language.)


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$25 adult ($30 at door)
$20 senior ($25 at door)
$10 student

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