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Lunchtime Concert @Goethe-Institut

Mon, 02/05/2018

Goethe-Institut Chicago

150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, lL 60601

2nd Concert 2018

Mikko Franck conducts Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges”

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Mikko Franck
Soloists: Noah Bendix-Balgley, Emily Fons

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

Camille Saint-Saëns
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra in A minor, op. 28
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin

Maurice Ravel
L’Enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Spells)
Scenic Performance
Emily Fons, mezzo-soprano
Sir Paul Gay, bass baritone
Yvonne Naef, contralto
Kiera Duffy, soprano
Marie Lenormand, mezzo-soprano
Mathias Vidal, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
Kanae Fujitani, soprano
Rundfunkchor Berlin: Gijs Leenaars, chorus master & David Kneuss, stage direction

The programme features a work of imagination, charm and humour: the opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges written by Maurice Ravel to a libretto by Colette and which is staged in the Berlin Philharmonie by director David Kneuss. The composer set this story to music in the manner of an “American operetta” (Ravel). The conductor is Mikko Franck, who steps in for Seiji Ozawa.
In the first part of the concert Noah Bendix-Balgley is the focus of the musical action. Born in North Carolina, the musician has been concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2014. He opens the concert – without the participation of Mikko Franck– as the soloist in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s A major Violin Concerto. It is followed by Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, an equally atmospheric and highly virtuoso piece for violin and orchestra which the composer wrote for the famous violinist Pablo Sarasate.