We regret to inform you that this program’s scheduled soloist, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, is ill and has withdrawn from the performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto this week. However, we are pleased to announce that acclaimed Bulgarian-American violinist Bella Hristova will join the Naples Philharmonic for her debut and perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. The remainder of the program, including Stravinky’s Pulcinella, remains unchanged. We appreciate your understanding.
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin
Paul Frehner — Cloak of ‘Allophenia
Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto in E Minor
Stravinsky — Pulcinella
Prelude at 7pm
When great artists come together, it’s likely great things will happen. This was the case in 1907 when impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s founded Les Ballet Russes in Paris. In doing so, Diaghilev assembled some of the greatest creative minds of his day to achieve momentous artistic collaborations — including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine and Vaslav Nijinsky. These artists were drawn to an irresistible focal point of creativity in Paris where the lines between visual arts, dance and music were blurred. The members of this exclusive ensemble recognized the incredible magnitude of Diaghilev’s dream, affecting and reacting to one another’s work, provoking art to transform in ways unforeseen.
Stravinsky’s Pulcinella was premiered by Les Ballets Russes in 1920. Stravinsky’s work was prompted by Diaghilev and is considered the first music of neoclassicism. The costumes and sets for Pulcinella were designed by Pablo Picasso.
Pulcinella was a stark contrast from Stravinsky’s earlier breakthrough collaboration with Diaghilev, The Firebird (performed during our March 8 and 9 Masterworks Series concerts), which was written for the 1910 season of Les Ballets Russes. The Firebird, the ballet, was instantly recognized as a masterpiece — with its all-original score, beautiful staging and choreography.
Isabelle de Borchgrave’s stunning exhibition Fashioning Art from Paper, features life-sized recreations of the very costumes worn by the dancers of Les Ballets Russes as they turned Paris on its head. A selection of those costumes will be suspended above the Naples Philharmonic as they perform Stravinsky’s music from Pulcinella.
This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2018-19 season theme, Fashioning Influence.
Tickets start at $29
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 90 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.
Internationally acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova is known for her passionate and powerful performances, beautiful sound and compelling command of her instrument. Her numerous prizes include a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. She has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York String Orchestra and the Kansas City and Milwaukee Symphonies. She has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall; Merkin Concert Hall; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and Boston’s Isabella Gardner Museum, and she regularly appears with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2017, she toured New Zealand performing the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin with renowned pianist Michael Houstoun.
Performances with orchestra during the 2018-19 season include Vivaldi with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Sibelius with the Wheeling Symphony and the Brevard Philharmonic, Barber with the Hawaii Symphony and National Philharmonic Orchestra and Mendelssohn with the Winnipeg Symphony.
Bella Unaccompanied, Hristova’s recording on A.W. Tonegold Records, features works by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein and Bach. A committed proponent of new music, she commissioned iconic American composer Joan Tower to write Second String Force, which she premiered and performed in recitals throughout the United States and abroad. She further collaborated with her husband David Ludwig on a violin concerto written for her through a consortium of eight major orchestras across the country.
Bella Hristova began violin studies at the age of 6 in her native Bulgaria. She then studied with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and she received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.
Now in his fifth season as Music Director of Artis—Naples, Andrey Boreyko’s inspiring leadership has raised the artistic standard and brought a new intensity to the Naples Philharmonic. The driving force behind the continued artistic growth of this multidisciplinary organization, Andrey has commissioned several new works including orchestral pieces by Fazil Say and Giya Kancheli, as well as a fantasy for violin and orchestra by Gabriel Prokofiev. In the 2019-20 season, Andrey will become the new Artistic and Music Director of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
A popular guest conductor with major orchestras across the globe, Andrey’s 2018-19 season started with a tour with the Filarmonica della Scala. Over the past few seasons, orchestras with which Andrey has worked have included the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony and others. In North America, he has conducted major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
From 2012, Andrey was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique—a post he held with great commitment for five years, expanding the orchestra’s activities nationally and internationally. His first position in Europe was as Chief Conductor of Poznan Philharmonic. He has also held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie (of which he is now Honorary Conductor), Hamburger Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony and Berner Symphonieorchester, as well as Music Director of the Düsseldorf Symphoniker from 2009-14.
Andrey also received the “Best concert program of the season” award — given for the most innovative concert programming — from the Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband in three consecutive seasons.