Beethoven and Strauss,
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Adam Satinsky, cello
Beethoven — Violin Concerto
Strauss — Don Quixote
To coincide with The Baker Museum’s epic Gods and Heroes exhibition, Music Director Andrey Boreyko has created a program featuring a classical music god (Beethoven) and the story of a tragicomic hero (Don Quixote). This extraordinary concert brings Grammy-winning violin soloist James Ehnes to Naples and highlights the sublime playing of the Naples Philharmonic Principal Cellist Adam Satinsky.
The evening begins with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which has set the bar for all pieces written for the instrument since. Not only is it one of the greatest showpieces for the violin, but it is one of the greatest pieces of 19th century music, period. But it was little regarded in its time, having been debuted in 1806, but not played frequently until a young Joseph Joachim brought it to prominence in the 1840s. Now it is an unquestioned part of the violin canon.
“James Ehnes’ spellbinding solo work in the Beethoven Violin Concerto raises the bar for interpreting this touchstone of the classical violin repertory... Ehnes made Beethoven breathe and even swagger a bit” (San Diego News Network).
The second half of the evening is dedicated to the Man of La Mancha in the form of Strauss’ beloved tone poem Don Quixote, one of the greatest works written for cello and orchestra. This piece follows the adventures of the titular hero, his squire Sancho Panza and his beloved Dulcinea. The theme and variations format allows for Satinsky to explore the character as he sets off on his sad, comic quests with every musical note calling to mind the vivid scenes in Cervantes’ tale.
Music Director: Naples Philharmonic
Music Director: Orchestre National de Belgique
Principal Guest Conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi
Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. In addition to his post as Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique, he begins his tenure as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic this season.
In addition to his work with in Naples, highlights of the current season include appearances with Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.
In Europe, Boreyko has conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Filharmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony, Philharmonia and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Equally in demand in North America, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; and Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphony orchestras.
Canadian violinist James Ehnes is known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship. James has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.
James has an extensive discography of over 30 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. Recent projects include a disc featuring concertos by Britten and Shostakovich, three CDs of the music of Béla Bartók as well as a recording of Tchaikovsky’s complete oeuvre for violin. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone and seven Juno Awards.
James first gained recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13 he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. James has been honored by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa), and in 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians.
James plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife and daughter.
Adam Satinsky, principal cello of the Naples Philharmonic, began his cello studies at age six. When he was 12 he won the concerto competition at Interlochen National Music Camp and began studying with Stephen Kates at Peabody Preparatory. There he received chamber music coaching from Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet and sat principal chair of the Peabody Institute Chamber Orchestra, performing a concerto with them shortly before beginning undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music. Satinsky received a bachelor's degree and Performer's Certificate from Eastman and in his senior year won first prize at the American String Teachers Association National Competition.
From 1992-95 he was in János Starker's studio at Indiana University, where he earned an Artist's Diploma and won the concerto competition. He also performed at Merkin Hall with the I.U. New Music Ensemble and attended the Marlboro Music Festival for two summers. Satinsky has held the principal position in the Charleston Symphony and played summers at the Grand Teton, Bellingham and Colorado music festivals. He has been featured as a recitalist in concert series in Vermont, New York, Maryland and Iowa. An extensive biography, upcoming performances and audio MP3 samples can be found at his website, adamsatinsky.com. Satinsky has been principal cellist with the Naples Philharmonic since 1997.
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