DuPage Symphony Orchestra Opens its 60th Anniversary Season with Anniversary Blockbusters. The season opens on October 12 and 13 with a pair of concerts that includes masterworks by Wagner, Mascagni, and Britten, along with Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor.
Music Director Barbara Schubert conducts the DuPage Symphony – recently honored by the Illinois Council of Orchestras as the 2013 Community Orchestra of the Year – in two performances at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville: on Saturday, October 12, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 13, at 3 p.m.
Acclaimed pianist Daria Rabotkina, recent winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, is the featured soloist. Pianist Daria Rabotkina was hailed as by The Washington Post as “a young pianist with clearly prodigious musical gifts”, and by The Cleveland Plain-Dealer as “a pianist full of fire and warmth."
To open the DSO’s Diamond Anniversary Season, Daria Rabotkina performs one of the most beloved concertos of the late Romantic repertoire, made famous by the late Van Cliburn when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, at the height of the Cold War. Ms. Rabotkina will also perform the Dame Myra Hess concert on Wednesday, October 9, to be broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM) at 12:15 p.m.
The first half of the DuPage Symphony’s Diamond Anniversary program showcases masterworks by composers who are likewise celebrating important anniversaries in 2013. To mark the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, the DSO will perform the overture to his early opera Rienzi, which incorporates many of the hallmarks of his mature style. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Pietro Mascagni’s birth, the DuPage Symphony offers the contemplative Intermezzo from his opera Cavalleria Rusticana. I
n honor of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, the first half of the DSO’s season-opening program concludes with the hauntingly beautiful Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, generally considered to be one of the greatest operas of the 20th century.
Tickets for the October 12 and October 13 concerts by the DuPage Symphony are: Adults, $35 Balcony and $30 Main Floor; Seniors (65+), $31 Balcony and $26 Main Floor; and Students, $17 Balcony and $12 Main Floor. Tickets can be purchased by calling the North Central College Box Office at 630.637.SHOW(7469), or purchased online at http://tickets.noctrl.edu.
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