7:30PM | THE WHITING AUDITORIUM
Enrique Diemecke conductor
Brandon LePage flute
IBERT Flute Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 1, op. 13, G Minor
Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto was written in 1933 for celebrated French flutist Marcel Moyse. Although it was generally well-received at its 1934 premiere, it gained increased popularity in later years. The concerto possesses a chamber music-like texture that enables the soloist to project— a common thread in Ibert's compositions for solo instruments with orchestra. Ibert sought to showcase the flute's individual and characteristic qualities. Ibert's Flute Concerto has it all from virtuosic running passages to tender, lyrical melodies and jazzy syncopations.
Tchaikovsky wrote his Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams, just after accepting a Moscow Conservatory's professorship at age 26. Although Tchaikovsky suffered insomnia and many sleepless nights writing this symphony, Winter Dreams is a celebration of Winter's romance. The movements take the listener on a journey through the chilly landscape, including Dreams of a Winter Journey, Land of Desolation, Land of Mists, Scherzo, and Finale. The music conjures a sled over fresh snow on a brisk winter morning, the warmth of a fireplace, and even a hint of spring from the flute's birdcalls. Winter Dreams transports the listener to another world, regardless of the current season.