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Subscription Concert — February 11, 2017
Thomas Shoebotham, guest conductor

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

Cañada College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

  • Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
  • Pärt: Ludus from Tabula Rasa
      with Heather Katz and Danny Coward, violins
  • Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
      presented with supertitles

Thomas Shoebotham, conductor of the Palo Alto Philharmonic, will take the podium in place of Maestro Eric Kujawsky to lead this program, returning the favor after Kujawsky led Palo Alto Philharmonic in December. Shoebotham will discuss the programming in a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture.

An Alpine Symphony, Shoebotham says, "can best be understood as a one-act wordless opera about the epic journey of climbing a mountain. It requires the largest orchestra Strauss ever wrote for and uses those forces with such variety and refinement that it led the composer himself to comment, 'At last I have learned to orchestrate'!"

Shoebotham describes Pärt's Ludus, written in 1977, as "a fascinating set of variations, in which the very simple material grows with each repetition." Redwood Symphony concertmaster Heather Katz and assistant concertmaster Danny Coward will perform the violin solos. Dives and Lazarus is quite different, he said, with "lush, gorgeous music for strings based on traditional English folk tunes and styles."

Thomas Shoebotham


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

Redwood Advantage: 17 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult or senior!
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