CONCERTS AND EVENTS2019-2020 SEASON
Soloist: Jeff LaDeur, Piano
Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Georges Bizet Carmen Suite No. 1
Franz Liszt Totentanz
with Jeff LaDeur, Piano
Claude Debussy/Ravel: Sarabande
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
On February 16th and 17th, the CCCO presents a program highlighting the sounds of dance music from around the world.
Bela Bartok was committed to preserving the traditional folk music of his homeland and finding ways to incorporate them into his own compositional voice.Romanian Folk Dances is a passionate setting of traditional folk tunes the composer discovered while traveling from village to village in the countryside.
Maurice Ravel, an admirer of fellow French composer Claude Debussy, arranged several of his piano works for full orchestra. One particularly striking arrangement is of the luscious “Sarabande” from Debussy’s Pour le piano. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite contains several of the most famous dances from this treasured ballet.
Franz Liszt’s Totentanz for piano and orchestra takes listeners on a whirlwind journey into the macabre. This wild, virtuosic work was based on the medievalDies Irae chant, a tune that has fascinated and inspired composers across the centuries. The CCCO is thrilled to feature pianist and founder of the San Francisco International Piano Festival, Jeffrey LaDeur as soloist.
Soloist: Alex Frankel, Tenor
La forza del destino (Overture) - Giuseppe Verdi
Nabucco (Overture) - Giuseppe Verdi
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Overture) - Gioachino Rossini
Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana - Pietro Mascagni
mamma quel vino è generoso (Cavalleria rusticana) - Pietro Mascagni
Lamento di Ferderico (L’arlesiana) - Francesco Cilea
Ella mi fu rapita (Rigoletto) - Giuseppe Verdi
Possente Amor (Rigoletto) - Giuseppe Verdi
La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) - Giuseppe Verdi
Based in New York City but raised in Walnut Creek, operatic tenor Alex Frankel returns home to the Bay Area to join the CCCO for performances celebrating some of the world’s most beloved Italian music. From Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Verdi’s Rigoletto, to Rossini's Barber of Seville, this is a program of Italian songs that you do not want to miss.
Voices of the Past, Present, and Future
Sat, May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm
Rossmoor Events Center
Private event for Rossmoor residents and their guests
Soloist: Britton Day, Piano
Jordan Kuspa: Lemonade Battery
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Jocelyn Hagen: Adagio
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Bay Area pianist Britton Day joins the CCCO for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1. This underperformed gem bursts out of the gate with a barrage of virtuosic melodies, then melts into a calm, reflective slow movement before barreling on to a stunning finale.
This past year, the CCCO asked composers from around the country to submit original works for chamber orchestra. The winning composition will be revealed at the start of 2019 and receive performances at all of our May concerts.
American composer Jocelyn Hagen’s Adagio is an elegant, powerful work that requires the utmost focus and sensitivity from the performers.
The program closes with Franz Schubert’s dramatic, romantic Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished.”