Join Music Director James Richard Frieman and The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra for a concert featuring pianist Karina Tseng, winner of the 2019 Young Artists Concert Competition. Ms. Tseng will perform the first movement of Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22.
The program also features works composed as an homage to childhood, many originally written as piano works for young musicians.
The Toy Symphony is a cheerful work for chamber orchestra and toys that has been variously attributed to Haydn, Haydn’s brother, Mozart, and Mozart’s father. More recent scholarship suggests the piece was actually the work of Edmund Angerer, an Austrian monk.
Maurice Ravel‘s “Mother Goose Suite” was originally composed for piano four hands for two pianists aged six and seven. The work is based on well-known fairy tales including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and Beauty and the Beast. Ravel’s delicate and elegant orchestration has made this piece a concert hall favorite.
Claude Debussy‘s piano suite “Children’s Corner”was dedicated to his three year old daughter, and contains movements evoking childhood subjects such as “Serenade for the Doll” and “The Snow is Dancing.” The six short, charming pieces depict favorite toys and range from hushed lullabyes to popular jazz dance tunes.
Student of Saint-Saëns and teacher of Ravel, Gabriel Fauré also composed a suite for piano four hands in honor of a child, in this case, the daughter of his mistress. Fauré’s music in this suite begins with the very famous lullaby “Berceuse” and concludes with a rollicking Spanish dance.
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