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Friday, October 30, 2020 7:30pm

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This concert is now available for on-demand viewing.

“Abrams Conducts Stravinsky” is a tribute to the music of this master composer. Watch on-demand when you purchase the Louisville Orchestra Virtual Edition.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) came to the United States in 1939 and lived the rest of his life here. Starting in the 1920s, he began exploring the structures and aesthetics of music from the 18th century, now described as his “neoclassical” period. Though misunderstood by his contemporaries, Stravinsky was serious about his attempts to reinterpret the past in terms of the present. He was following this musical path when he joined other ex-patriots in Hollywood, California, using the forms, chords, and straightforward melodic contours of an earlier time to support his personal voice. His music turned away from the wild impassioned and extroverted expression of Rite of Spring, Firebird, and Petrouchka of his early years and became restrained, pure, sophisticated, and classical.


STRAVINSKY:  Song without a Name (“Lied ohne Name”)
STRAVINSKY:  Ragtime feat. Chester Englander on cimbalom
   I. Sinfonia
   II. Tema con variazioni
   III. Finale
STRAVINSKY:  Concerto in E-Flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”
   I. Tempo guisto
   II. Allegretto
   III. Con moto
STRAVINSKY (Arr. Schäffer): The Firebird Suite (1945)

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Chester Englander, cimbalom

Chester Englander, cimbalom

Chester Englander is an international cimbalom artist and percussionist. He has recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Naxos, Interscope, Cantaloupe, DisneyMusic, Capcom, Seattle Symphony Media, and Ubisoft labels.  This is his Louisville Orchestra debut.  Read his full bio HERE.

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