Dodging war and chasing riches, top European composers like Hungary’s Miklós Rózsa, Italy’s Nino Rota, and Germany’s Franz Waxman immigrated to America and helped to fuel Hollywood’s golden age. Their concert music shows off the evocative tone painting and craftsmanship that made their film scores so indispensible to Hitchcock, Fellini, and Coppola, among others. Soloists Ksenija Sidorova (accordion) and Avi Avital (mandolin) each bring modern glitz and glamor to their old-world instruments, whether playing a reconfigured Bach concerto or debuting the brand-new work written for them by Golden Globe®, GRAMMY® and Emmy® nominated British composer Benjamin Wallfisch (Andy Muschietti’s It, Blade Runner 2049, Hidden Figures). This Orpheus commission is the latest addition to American Notes, a project that explores the landscape of new music from diverse perspectives.
Avi Avital, mandolin
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
WAXMAN: Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani (1955)
ROTA: Canzona (1935, New York Premiere)
BACH: Concerto for Violin & Oboe, BWV 1060R
(arranged for Mandolin & Accordion by Paul Chihara)
Benjamin WALLFISCH: Monomachía (Concerto for Mandolin and Accordion, Orpheus Commission)
RÓZSA: Hungarian Serenade, Op. 25 (1945)
NOW HEAR THIS!
Works listed in red are part of Now Hear This, a new Orpheus initiative dedicated to re-imagining musical gems from the past with new orchestration!
More upcoming performances
May 20, 2019 | 8:00PM
May 21, 2019 | 8:00PM
Dvořák Hall at Rudolfinum
Prague, Czech Republic
May 23, 2019 | 8:00PM
May 24, 2019 | 8:00PM
May 25, 2019 | 8:00PM
May 26, 2019 | 8:00PM
May 28, 2019 | 8:00PM