AROUND THE WORLD
Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 8 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
Commissioned by Broadway producer Billy Rose, Stravinsky’s Scènes de ballet was written for a revue show in New York, and mixes typical Stravinskean rhythmic flare—including a dance in 5/8 time—with the more melodic sensibilities of Broadway. Sumi Kim, Grand Prize winner of the 2022 International Music Festival and Competition, performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2; Saint-Saëns wrote the work over just 17 days, with only four days allotted for rehearsal before the Paris premiere in 1868. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 premiered in Moscow in 1943; listen throughout for the motivic interval of a second, which recurs throughout each movement of the work.
7:10 p.m. Prélude: pre-concert recital.
7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk.
Intermission discussion and Q&A with Sumi Kim and Daniel Vnukowski.
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Stravinsky, Scènes de ballet
Saint-Saëns, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8 in C minor