The opening night on 3 January will play tribute to Norway’s famous composer Edvard Grieg as well as to Russia. Written with an ear towards Mozart, P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 premiered in St. Petersburg in 1881. It resonated not only greatly among concert hall audiences, but also among world-famous choreographers: Both Balanchine’s ballet Serenade as well as Anna Karenina by Boris Eifman drew upon this romantic masterpiece.
Edvard Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor, Op. 16 tops off the first part of the evening. Though it is the only concerto Grieg ever completed, it ranks among the most popular of all piano concerti ever written and is a must in every pianist’s repertory.
Sheherezade, a symphonic suite based on the famous tales of The Arabian Nights, is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s most well-known work. Awed by the charms of the oriental world, his orchestral epic is rich in dazzling and vivid colours. Alike Serenade, this piece entered the sphere of dance as well, this time thanks to choreographer Mikhail Fokine and the Ballets Russes.
The program for 4 and 5 January will be added as soon as it has been confirmed.
We kindly wish to thank everybody committed to the implementation of this concert series, especially the Sheikh Aber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center’s administration and the General Manager of the Zagreb Philharmonic, Mirko Boch. Rieder Art Consulting looks forward to future cooperations currently in the planning stage.
3 January 2019
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48
Edvard Grieg: Piano concerto in A minor, Op.16
(Soloist: Mia Pečnik)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Op.35
4 & 5 January