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Ancient Airs & Dances
Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series

Location: Robinson Center Music Hall (directions)
Price Range: None

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David Gerstein, cello
Guillermo Figueroa, conductor

January 26, 2013
Saturday at 8:00pm

January 27, 2013
Sunday at 3:00pm


    Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite I, P. 109 About this piece
    Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 About this piece
    Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 About this piece

Guest conductor Guillermo Figueroa takes the podium for a delectable program of genre-crossing classics. Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony, a classical masterpiece, harkens back toward Haydn with its elegant symmetry and proportion, while the dynamic and vigorous Beethoven isn’t far below the surface. Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, is a charming and delightful collection of old dance forms written into a more colorful and modern orchestration.

Highlighting the program is a solo appearance of ASO Principal Cellist, David Gerstein, as he steps forward to present Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra. A work inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky’s idol, its original theme in a Rococo style has long been a favorite of cellists and audiences alike.