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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 28, 2014 Page 9 !ii!!iii!!!i!l = J Socially Scene by 00lngela Cornacchio Budding Chinese Pianist Yuja Wang will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 March 27th-29 th at Symphony Hall. (Photo by cityarts.infol Boston Symphony Orches- tra ... Welcomes Chinese pia- nist Yuja Wang for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 March 27-29 th at Symphony Hall. Dazzling Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who has experi- enced a rapid rise to super- star status in classical music circles, joins the Boston Sym- phony Orchestra as soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, an astonishingly virtu- osic, alternately biting and lyrical work dating from early in the composer's career. The program conducted by English Maestro Andrew Davis, music director of Lyric Opera of Chicago also includes Vaughan Williams's darkly passionate WWII- era Symphony No. 6 and Rimsky-Korsakov's kaleido- scopic Capricci6 espagnol. "It never seems to occur to people that a man might just want to write a piece of music." Such was Ralph Vaughan Williams' complaint after ceaseless questions and assumptions about the meaning of his Symphony No. 6, written in the shell- shocked years immediately following the end of WWII, when it must have been especially difficult to imagine that any piece of art was not in some way commenting on the modern world's greatest cataclysm. But if this work did have some hidden mean- ing, Vaughan Williams never revealed it. Darkly beauti- ful and sometimes violent, in four movements that flow together without pause, the Sixth Symphony received its U.S. premiere from Serge Koussevitzky and the BSO on August 7 th 1948, just a few months after its very First per- formance in London earlier that year. Prokofiev's volcanic Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the most technically challenging concertos in the repertoire, allows Yuja Wang to display her prodigious technique and vibrant personality in a work meant by its composer as a gauntlet thrown down to challenge the complacency of Russian music. Composed in 1912 and 1913 when Prokofiev was still in his early 20s, the concerto was nearly lost when the original orchestral score was destroyed in a fire dur- ing the Russian Revolution. Prokofiev reconstructed and revised it in 1923, however, and the final version pre- miered in Paris that same year, with Koussevitzky on the podium. One of the orchestral reper- toire's most colorful, tune- ful, and hummable works, Rimsky-Korsakov' s Capriccio espagnol is based on Spanish folk melodies -- largely those of the Asturias region in the north of the country- and is imbued with the infectious rhythms of energetic country dancing. ThQugh critics have always praised the work's instrumental shadings,, the composer bristled that such commentators were selling the music short: "The opin- f Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 ion formed by both critics and the public, that the Capriccio is a magnificently orches- trated piece -- is wrong. The Capriccio is a brilliant com- position for the orchestra. The change of timbres, the felicitous choice of melodic designs and figuration pat- terns, exactly suiting each kind of instrument, brief vir- tuoso cadenzas for instru- ment solos, the rhythm of the percussion instruments, etc., constitute here the very es- sence of the composition and not its garb or orchestration." This budding star makes her way to Boston March 27 m- 29 'h for a few very special performances of Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 6, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol. Boston Symphony Hall is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Tickets are still available for these shows and can be purchased by call- ing 617-266-1492 or visiting Who's Got Talent ... The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will present a Spring Talent Search for new bands to add to the lineup of the 2014 TD Bank Summer Concert Series held for four weeks in July in eight towns across Cape Cod. The Spring Talent Search will be held on Wednesday, April 23 rd starting at 6:00 pm at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro in Mashpee, MA. The event will give an opportunity for es- tablished and emerging bands that have never played the TD Bank Summer Concert Series to play for a live audi- ence and compete for open slots in the lineup. The pub- lic is invited to attend. According to Kevin Howard, President and CEO of the Arts Foundation, "This is a fantas- tic event and a great show- case of the incredible musi- cal talent on Cape Cod. We all anxiously look forward to hearing the next emerging band that will be part of the TD Bank Summer Concert Series." The competition is open to all Cape-based bands who have not booked an AFCC Summer Concert in the past. Performing bands will receive media promotion and live ex- posure. The top band will be booked for a paid perfor- mance slot in the TD Bank Summer Concert Series. The competition will be juried by a panel of "Celebrity Guests," who will rank the bands based on audience I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Director Martin Pearlman will take to the stage for the World Premiere of Finnegans Wake: An Operoar, Act 3 as a part of the New Directions Series at Longy School of Music on Saturday, March 29 th. (Photo by response, musicality, and compatibility with the family- friendly series. The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the region's designated arts agency, ensures the vibrancy of the cultural community by supporting, promoting and strengthening arts and cul- ture throughout the year. Further information about the TD Bank Summer Con- cert Series are available by logging on to www.arts Musical acts that would like to participate Should send an email with their band's press materials to or call Program Coordinator Christine Mascott at 508- 362-0066 ext. 12. Let's Go to the Zoo ... On Saturday, March 29 th the Franklin Park Zoo will host a Science and Conservation Day that features a keynote address, panel discussions, lunch, and promises to be an engaging day on the zoo's sup- port of conservation. - Step into the Tropical For- est Classroom to learn a little as Chair of the Gorilla Spe- cies Survival Plan, Dr. Lukas is involved in the manage- ment of nearly 350 gorillas in 50 North American zoos ac- credited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Re- search has been instrumen- tal in ensuring the long-term sustainability of this popula- tion. Recent studies at Cleve- land Metroparks Zoo are help- ing to define obesity in goril- las, improve their diets, and increase the expression of natural behaviors, while the Great Ape Heart Project is a multi-institutional effort to investigate and address heart disease in zoo-housed goril- las. Healthy gorillas exhibit- ing natural behaviors help connect zoo visitors to what's happening to gorillas in na- ture. Because gorillas are critically endangered in the wild, there is an urgent need to increase public awareness of conservation threats and provide avenues for people to get involved and help. Following the keynote address, there will be panel discussions focused on stud- ies within the Zoo and conservation in the field. For further information and to see the full schedule, visit www.franklinparkzoo, org. Don't miss the family fun for everyone on Saturday, March 29 m from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Franklin Park Zoo located at One Franklin Park Road. Registration includes a box lunch and zoo admission. Space is limited and pre-reg- istration is required. For de- tails and to register, please call 617-989-3742 or e-mail education@zoonewengland, com. Boston Baroque Presents ... The world premiere of Fin- negans Wake: An Operoar, Act 3 as a part of the New Directions Series at Longy School of Music on Saturday, March 29th. Boston Baroque is pleased to present its next chamber concert .entitled "Mono- logues" as a part of its ongo- ing New Directions Series, bringing together Baroque and Contemporary music. For (Continued on Page 13) JUSTIN E YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM 21 WWW.J USTINEYANDLEPH OTOGRA1 HY.COM P ~