Beethoven's Pastoral

Yuriy Bekker, Violin

Ken Lam, Conductor


March 3-4, 2017

7:30pm

The Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC


Yuriy Bekker, Violin
Ken Lam, Conductor

Beethoven's Pastoral

Music Director Ken Lam conducts the CSO in John Adams’ slinky and sentimental The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, a musical response to the image of a youthful Mao Tse-Tung dancing with his mistress. Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker will be featured in Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Concerto for Violin in D Major. The orchestra concludes the performance with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. The Pastoral Symphony comes towards the end of the most astonishingly productive period of Beethoven’s career, and was meant to convey the sense of deep contentment the composer felt whenever he explored the countryside. In contrast to the opening Adams piece, the symphony soars with long, slow crescendos and harmonies changing at a leisurely pace contributing to a feeling of expansive ease.


John Adams
The Chairman Dances; Foxtrot for Orchestra

Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”


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