Muti, Britten & Higdon Low Brass Concerto

Feb 1

8:00 PM

Stravinsky, Higdon, Chausson, Britten

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Riccardo Muti conducts a program of expressive works ranging from Stravinsky's brilliantly colorful showpiece Scherzo fantastique to two evocative works inspired by the sea. Witness the spectacular CSO low brass section, distinguished for its purity of sound and clarity of attack, in a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, whose compositions have been acclaimed as "the most inventive and substantive additions to American music in years" (The Baltimore Sun).

Approximate concert duration: 105 minutes including intermission


Stravinsky Scherzo fantastique
Higdon Low Brass Concerto
[World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Chausson Poème de l'amour et de la mer
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes


Preconcert conversation with William White
Composer Jennifer Higdon will participate in a portion of the pre-concert lecture.
30 minute run-time

Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, February 2, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, February 3, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon knows what audiences expect when trombones and tubas take the spotlight during an orchestral performance. Sound loud enough to raise the rafters. Heroic swagger and glittering declamation. Or maybe some faintly comic lumbering. Dancing hippos, anyone? But Higdon, whose extensive catalog includes several concertos for a wide range of solo instruments, was after something different in her CSO co-commission for a concerto featuring two tenor trombones, bass trombone and tuba. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

The mystery and majesty of the sea have inspired composers for centuries. None was more affected by this watery vastness than Benjamin Britten, who lived near the North Sea virtually his entire life. “He took the character of the sea seriously,” said Paul Kildea, author of the 2013 biography Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century. “He knew its power. He treated it with huge respect and never sentiment.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Photo gallery of Low Brass Concerto bows and post-concert reception. 


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These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

The appearance of Clémentine Margaine is endowed in part by the Nuveen Emerging Artist Fund.


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