Musicians Choice: Cabrera Conducts Debussy and Williams

"Pre-concert conversation at 6:30pm in Reynolds Hall

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Kimberly Glennie, harp
Stephen Caplan, oboe
Andrew Smith, cello

DEBUSSY - Danses sacrée et profane
BACH, C.P.E. - Cello Concerto in A Major
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

SPOTLIGHTING THE VIRTUOSITY of our esteemed musicians serves as inspiration for this robust program featuring pieces selected by members of your symphony orchestra.

Our harpist, Kimberly Glennie shines on Claude Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane, which was premiered in 1904 and she says of the piece “These dances transport me to a mythical time and place. The opening movement is meditative bordering on the sacred, with a very emotional presence struggling to rise. The second is grace and joy and lovely movement, with a cadenza which speaks to me of another world, of yearning, and ends with a sense of soaring in flight. I love this piece because it gives voice to the magic and enchantment of the harp.”

Oboist Stephen Caplan demonstrates his command of his instrument in Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto composed in 1943. Caplan enthuses “This piece is one of my favorite works to play. It's the composer's highly personal response to World War II--beautiful, nostalgic, and intensely moving--the 1944 premier was delayed because of a threatened air raid. The three movements pay homage to the English pastoral tradition, but include searing virtuosic flourishes that seem to represent the intrusion of modern life on an earlier, more peaceful era.”

Cellist Andrew Smith solos on C.P.E. Bach’s, Cello Concerto in A Major and shares, “The charming Cello Concerto in A Major, though rarely programmed, is worthy of having its place in the standard repertory. The second movement, marked "mesto" (sad), is especially notable, and is a good example of CPE Bach's use of Empfindsamer Stil (sensitive style).”

Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ends the evening of music chosen by our gifted group of musicians. Featuring a rising, organ-like melody used to create sombre effect, the piece was used in the 2003 film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

When: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Where: Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas

Cost: $30 - $109

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Classical

Event posted Jan. 3, 2018
Last updated Jan. 3, 2018