6ABC Loves The Arts
Taking a musical journey through Europe
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - March 4, 2012 (WPVI) -- Are you feeling in need of a vacation? The Philadelphia Orchestra wants to take your ears, at least, on a musical journey through Europe.
It's a concert series the Orchestra has dubbed a Grand Tour. The guest conductor is Italian. The musical pieces are from his native Italy as well as Scotland and Russia.
The whirlwind tour begins in Italy with one of Rossini's most famous works.
From there it's off to Russia and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto. First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang is the featured soloist.
"It's incredibly lyrical. The second movement is a really wild romp so it's fast and brusque and furious but the whole effect, I think, of the piece, which starts really soft to begin with and ends off in the ethereal distance, is just pure magic. It's exotic and very dream like," said Kang.
The journey ends with a sojourn to Scotland with Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.
"Although he was German, it's called the Scottish Symphony. It uses Scottish tunes and some of the Scottish dances," added Kang.
It's his take on Scottish themes and it's just pure Mendelssohn. It's a beautiful, extremely lyrical work.
Italian Maestro Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the series.
Kang says, "He's a great conductor and we instantly made a great connection between the orchestra and him. He's so energetic, just full of fire and incredibly humorous too."The Orchestra embarks on its Grand Tour March 16th. Visit The Philadelphia Orchestra for tickets and scheduling.
love the arts, philadelphia orchestra, music, 6abc loves the arts
Also SeeMore:Bizarre News
- Police car crash leads to chase in N. Phila. 5 min ago
- AccuWeather: Lots of clouds, some SE rain
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Boyfriend arrested in Gloucester Co. murder
- Phila. police seek missing special needs woman
- Chaput, Nutter, Corbett announce Vatican trip
- Neighbors help residents escape Trenton fire 25 min ago
- 2 NJ men sentenced for bogus 9/11 charity
- 3 arrests in Cumberland Co. arsons 40 min ago
- Officers drive into hail of gunfire in N. Phila.
- Woman's body found between parked cars in West Philadelphia
- Doors smashed in 2 Prices Corner store burglaries
- Photos: $3.25M summer home in Ocean City, NJ