The concert night will begin with Igor Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments. The nine-minute piece, written in 1920, is dedicated to the memory of Claude Debussy. It premiered in London on 10 June 1921, with conductor Serge Koussevitzky at the lead. Though the title includes the word “symphonies,” it was not with the intent of labeling the piece as one in symphonic form. Instead, it was meant to encompass the idea of “sounding together,” from the older, broader Greek connotation of the word.
Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky is the title piece of the night's event. One of the composer's most popular pieces, the concerto has been used across pop culture. Tchaikovsky revised the composition three times between 1874 and 1888. The first draft received heavy criticism from Nikolai Rubinstein, desired pianist for Tchaikovsky, but was later given high praise from the Russian pianist.
Featured artists at the Tchaikovsky concert:
Danny Driver, British pianist who trained with Alexander Kelly and Piers Lane, has performed at numerous festivals across the globe, including the Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival here in New Orleans. In 2009, he gave the U.S. Premiere of York Bowen's Piano Concerto No. 3 with LPO on 29 April. He has recorded labels with Hyperion Records, through which he's received international acclaim, and been nominated for the 2010 Gramophone Award. Recently, his recording of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm's Piano Concertos (released in 2012) was selected by BBC Music Magazine as Orchestral Disc of the Month.
Yaniv Dinur will lead the Orchestra as conductor. Dinur's conducting career began at the young age of 19, while following Gerhard Markson to Dublin for a masterclass. The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland consequently invited Dinur back to perform. From there, he moved on to perform in Jerusalem for the Israel Camerata Orchestra. A passionate lecturer and music educator, Dinur makes it his mission to bring college students into concert halls and influencing classical music to the next generation of musicians.