A Space Odyssey

at Verizon Hall
February 14th-16th, 2019
STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra 
BARTÓK  Viola Concerto
BARTÓK  Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
We welcome back Esa-Pekka Salonen for a program of music that’s sure to win hearts, minds, and ears. There’s more to Richard Strauss’s Zarathustra than the few notes heard in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey: It’s a unique experience in the concert hall with orchestra and the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. The Viola Concerto was one of Bartók’s last compositions. Principal Viola Choong-Jin Chang will effortlessly demonstrate why it’s become perhaps the most popular concerto for his instrument. Hear another side of Bartók’s music with the Miraculous Mandarin Suite, which caused a scandal at its premiere and was banned in Germany. The story it’s based on is a tad grotesque (a prostitute murdering her visitor); we promise nothing but glorious music in our presentation!
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
Choong-Jin Chang, Viola
Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall