Mahler, Schumann, and Ra
Under the baton of conductor Osmo Vänskä, former music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra presents a newly commissioned work by James Ra (’04). Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “a composer to watch” with a gift for “expressive, virtuosic string writing” (The Boston Music Intelligencer), Ra’s electrifying compositions have been described as “coursing with adrenaline-pumping energy.” This eagerly anticipated world premiere will surely be an audience favorite of Curtis’s 2022–23 season.
The program continues with Schumann‘s beloved Piano Concerto in A minor, featuring Amy Yang (’06), “a jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse” (The Washington Post). One of the most widely performed and recorded piano concertos in the Romantic repertoire, this challenging work forgoes fiery displays of virtuosity for subtlety, poise, and precision, flitting between elegant dreamlike passages and bold rhythmic syncopations, culminating in an exhilarating finale. The evening concludes with Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” considered one of the composer’s most accessible works, with its soaring melodies, thunderous crescendos, and triumphant conclusion.
|JAMES RA||Untitled World Premiere|
|ROBERT SCHUMANN||Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54|
|GUSTAV MAHLER||Symphony No. 1 in D Major|