Waltzes and Rapture: Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1

Jun 1

8:00 PM

Haydn, Szymanowski, J. Strauss Jr., R. Strauss

Thursday, June 1, 2017

In his CSO podium debut, Juraj Valčuha leads Haydn's Symphony No. 85, said to have been a favorite of Queen Marie Antoinette, and Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto, performed by Christian Tetzlaff, "an artist of rare virtuosity and fearless commitment" (San Jose Mercury News). Richard Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier is dazzlingly orchestrated and includes several famous waltzes.

Note for the Newcomer: In 1949, Strauss celebrated his 85th birthday by traveling to Munich to hear rehearsals of Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by none other than Sir Georg Solti, the CSO's eighth music director. Solti also conducted the finale trio from Der Rosenkavalier at Strauss's funeral.

Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission

Program

Haydn Symphony No. 85 (The Queen)
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1
J. Strauss, Jr. Emperor Waltz
R. Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Bartók Fourth Movement (Presto) from Sonata for Solo Violin [6/3 ENCORE]

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with John Nygro
30 minute run-time

Thursday, June 1, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, June 3, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

In his Symphony Center debut, Juraj Valčuha will lead the CSO in a program of works by Strauss, including the suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier. “Inside of this opera is some of the most beautiful music ever written," he said. Also on the program: Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 (1922)  “It’s really great music,” Valčuha said. “It’s not very often played [since] it’s not standard repertoire for violin.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories