Russian & French

For the first time, the orchestra’s three weeks are divided into different cultural traditions.

The first week, which includes opening night at 8 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, will be a Russian Festival. It will start with a bang: Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannon and fireworks. Dancers from the New York City Ballet will also do selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty.”

On Aug. 9, the composers will mostly be American. These include John Adams, Samuel Barber and Antonin Dvorak. Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello concert that Dvorak wrote while visiting this country.

On Aug. 10, it’s an all-Gershwin show with The Marcus Roberts Trio; and Aug. 11, the program includes a Variation on “America” by composer Charles Ives and Dvorak’s “Symphony from the New World.”

The final week is a French Festival. At 8 p.m. Aug. 17, it’s music by Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens. Aug. 18 features Frederic Chopin, who was Polish but he spent most of his life in France; and Igor Stravinsky, who was Russian, but he also lived for many years in Paris because his ballet music for “Petrushka” premiered there with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. S



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