PER ASPERA AD ASTRA
Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 8 p.m.
Meridian Arts Centre – George Weston Recital Hall
5040 Yonge St, Toronto
Manuel de Falla’s The Three-cornered Hat suite draws its music from de Falla’s ballet of the same name, which uses harmonic and melodic idioms derived from traditional Andalusian folk music, flamenco style, and the cante jondo, and had sets designed Pablo Picasso. Internationally renowned pianist Ludmil Angelov then performs Frédéric Chopin’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 can be heard as a per aspera ad astra narrative: through hardship to the stars. It’s cyclical structure, in which the same motif recurs in all three movements, begins in E minor, and gradually makes its way through a large-scale cycle of subdominants, to E major in the final movement.
7:10 p.m. Prélude: pre-concert recital.
7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk.
de Falla, The Three-cornered Hat suites
Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in E minor