Celebración de Mayo
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Chad Hoopes, violin
Ravel — La valse
Chausson — Poème
Ravel — Tzigane
Revueltas — La noche de los mayas
The final Masterworks concert of the season sees two familiar faces on the Hayes Hall stage. Guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the Naples Philharmonic through a dynamic program featuring the return of violin wunderkind and Naples native Chad Hoopes.
Hoopes will perform the rhapsodic and moody Poème by Chausson in the first half of the concert. With its sweeping highs and bottomless lows, Chausson’s beautiful and often melancholic piece has become a must-hear part of the violin repertoire. Hoopes also performs the solo role in one of two Ravel pieces in the concert, Tzigane. Originally written for violin and piano, Ravel reworked his original composition for a full orchestra. The title translates to ‘gypsy’ in English, and although it doesn’t use traditional Roma melodies, it has a wild, exotic feel.
The opening work is Ravel’s La valse, a meditation on the waltz and the work of composer Johann Strauss II. It nearly incited a duel between Ravel and ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who commissioned it as a ballet then rejected it despite proclaiming its brilliance.
Finishing off the evening is a special challenge for the percussion section, Revueltas’ La noche de los mayas. The Night of the Mayas was originally written for a film of the same name, which tells of a forbidden love between a beautiful Mayan woman and a Spanish conquistador. The music blends Latin American folk music and 20th century classical with the propulsive rhythms of Mayan ritual.