Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016-17 season will continue with “Debussy’s ‘La Mer’” at 7:30 p.m. May 11 and 8 p.m. May 13 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Parisian conductor Fabien Gabel will lead RPO as it opens the concert with “Suite from (Hitchcock’s) Vertigo” by Bernard Herrmann. The performance will continue with “Fanfare” and “Poeme Danse” from Paul Dukas’ ballet,“La Peri,” or “The Flower of Immortality.”
“I feel a close connection to Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ both in its Gallic roots and extraordinary instrumental textures, and I find Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ film score to be an incredibly dramatic, powerful score in the way that it enhances the movie with its brilliant orchestration and evocative moods” Gabel said. “In addition, I have a deep affection for the RPO, both for the ensemble as a whole and for the individual musicians.”
Concertmaster Juliana Athayde will take a solo turn with Violin Concerto No. 2 by Bela Bartok.
“When the opportunity came up to collaborate on a concerto performance with the RPO, Fabien and I were both interested in the second Bartok concerto,” Athayde said. “This piece has been on my personal bucket list for years, and it was great to find that he shared my passion for this work. I’m thrilled to finally perform this concerto with the RPO so many years after I first fell in love with it, and I hope our audience will feel the same excitement and intrigue I felt as a young musician hearing this music for the first time.”
Admission starts at $23 for the public and $10 for students. Tickets are available by phone, online and in person at RPO’s Patron Services Center, 108 East Ave., Rochester, or all Wegmans’ That’s T.H.E. Ticket! locations.
For information, call 585-454-2100 or visit rpo.org.