Exclusively sponsored by The Edwin L. Wiegand Trust
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Guest Conductor Alvise Casellati
Gennaro Cardaropoli, Violin
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Rossini Guglielmo Tell
Ponchielli Danza delle Ore
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana, Intermezzo
Bellini Norma Sinfonia
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, III. Rondo “La Campanella”
Nabucco, Arredi Festivi
Vespri Siciliani, Sinfonia
Nabucco, Va Pensiero
La Traviata, Prelude to Act I
Requiem, Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum
- Rossini’s Overture from William Tell features one of the most famous musical passages of all time: the melody used as the theme to the classic radio and TV western The Lone Ranger.
- Ponchielli’s Danze delle Ore (Dance of the Hours) might sound familiar to those that have seen the Disney animated film Fantasia, where the music scores a comic ballet with ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. The work’s melody was also used for Allan Sherman’s hit “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)”.
- Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, thrust the young composer to international fame, and features the work Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) – one of the best known numbers in opera. Va pensiero is still often performed as an encore in opera houses.
- La Traviata is based on the play La Dame aux Camelias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.