Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Robert McDuffie, violin
Tchaikovsky — Capriccio italien
Bernstein — Serenade (Thurs. performance only)
Lalo — Symphonie espagnole (Sat. performance only)
Brahms — Symphony No. 1
Andrey Boreyko begins his tenure as Music Director with one of the great pieces from the classical canon—Brahms’ monumental First Symphony. Feeling the long shadow of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony behind him, Brahms labored nearly 15 years over the work. Although comparisons to Beethoven were inevitable, the symphony is a masterpiece in its own right, beloved for its tremendous depth and passion.
In an unusual twist, renowned violinist Robert McDuffie offers up a different work on each performance. Thursday he performs Bernstein’s elegant Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, focusing on the true nature of love. Saturday, Robert returns with Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, the work that inspired Tchaikovsky to write his own violin concerto. Both the Thursday and Saturday performances begin with Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien.
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.
Robert McDuffie is one of the most sought-after violin soloists in classical music today. He has played with orchestras around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Houston, St. Louis and Hamburg. He won a Grammy Award for recordings of works from Bernstein and Schuman. Born in Macon, Georgia, he now lives in New York.
“(Robert McDuffie is) a treasure. A musician of probing intelligence, a violinist of authority, and force of great vitality” (San Francisco Chronicle).