Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Location Amphitheater

$25–35, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$25 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$35 Preferred 2
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Into the Music No. 4

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Shai Wosner, piano

Jeremy Gill: Concerto d'avorio (World Premiere)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Jeremy Gill: Concerto d'avorio

Maestro Milanov and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to partner with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta on this world premiere. To be performed with Maestro Falletta on the BPO’s 2019–2020 season, Jeremy Gill’s Concerto d'avorio is written for two soloists with a combined four hands, requiring both to perform seamlessly on one shared piano. The work’s title is inspired by a passage from Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) which focuses on part of Virgil's Aeneid. In the Aeneid, there are two separate gates through which dreams are said to pass from the underworld to the human (“real”) world — one made of horn, allowing only the truth to pass through, and the other made of ivory (d’avorio), through which only dreams and fantasies may pass. Borges, however, explores an apparent enigma: when the Aeneid’s protagonist, hailing originally from the human world but currently wandering in the underworld, comes across the two gates and must choose which will return him to the human world, the gate that transports him back to “reality” ends up surprisingly as the one made of d’avorio.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Hailed as a "leading force for the music of our time" for her work as a conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers, and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Her conducting has been acclaimed by the Washington Post as having "Toscanini's tight control over ensemble, Walter's affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski's gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein." 

Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader, Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct many of the world's finest orchestras. She has guest conducted over 100 orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Her North American guest conducting appearances have included the orchestras of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle, San Diego, Detroit, New Jersey, and the National Symphony, as well as Montreal and Toronto. International appearances include the London Symphony, Liverpool and Manchester-BBC Philharmonics, Scottish BBC Orchestra, Czech and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Orchestra National de Lyon, Mannheim Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Ulster Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. Asian engagements include appearances with the Korean Broadcast Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, China National Symphony, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Symphony. Ms. Falletta's summer activities have taken her to numerous music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, Mann Center, Meadow Brook, OK Mozart Festival, and the Grand Teton Festival. 

Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999, Maestro Falletta became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble. She has since been credited with bringing the BPO to a new level of national and international prominence. During her tenure, the Orchestra's budget has grown by 25 percent and subscriptions have reached record levels. Under her direction, the BPO is continuing its trajectory as one of the most recorded orchestras in America. Her BPO recordings for Naxos have garnered two Grammy awards and six nominations. She and the BPO have been honored with numerous ASCAP awards, including the top award for Adventurous Programming in 2011, 2013 and 2014, have made two acclaimed Carnegie Hall performances in 2004 and 2013, and embarked on two highly successful Florida tours. Other accomplishments under her leadership include the establishment of the orchestra's own Beau Fleuve label, the founding of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in partnership with WNED, and the national and international broadcast of BPO concerts on NPR's Performance Today and From the Top, SymphonyCast, and the European Broadcasting Union. Other recent broadcasts include a national PBS televised special, Bernstein's Ode to Freedom featuring Ms. Falletta as host, and a PBS special of the Four Seasons with Mark O'Connor and Catherine Cho. 

Orion Weiss, piano

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, the violinists James Ehnes and Arnaud Sussman, and cellist Julie Albers. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.  He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society’s 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel’s La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner.

Shai Wosner, piano

 Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics.

This season, Mr. Wosner continues his career-long, critically acclaimed engagement with Schubert’s music in his latest recital series Schubert: The Great Sonatas comprising the composer’s six final sonatas, which he describes as “thick novels, rich with insight about the human condition.” Recitals take place at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and include a residency at Cal Performances in Berkeley as well as appearances in Buffalo, Fresno, and Cambridge (MA). He also performs works from his latest solo recording, Impromptu (Onyx Classics) featuring an eclectic mix of improvisationally inspired works by composers from Beethoven and Schubert to Gershwin and Ives in St. Paul and elsewhere. His concerto performances include appearances with the Detroit and Toronto Symphony Orchestras (Mozart’s Concerto No. 21); the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Brahms’ Concerto No. 2), and the Alabama and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestrad, Musikalische Akademie of the National Theater Orchestra Mannheim, and Syracuse’s Symphoria (Schumann’s Piano Concerto). His chamber music collaborations include a six-city U.S. tour with Orion Weiss playing works for 4-hands and two pianos by Schubert and Brahms with David Lang’s companion pieces gravity and after gravity; performances with the Emerson Quartet for CMS of Lincoln Center; New York Philharmonic musicians at David Geffen Hall; cellist Stephen Isserlis and violinist Laura Frautschi as part of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Twilight at Tarisio series; and a Bridge to Beethoven concert with violinist Jennifer Koh on Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series.

Mr. Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award—a prize he used to commission Michael Hersch’s concerto Along the Ravines, which he performed with the Seattle Symphony and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. He was in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist and is a former member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two. For several summers, he was involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Mr. Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In the U.S., he has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. He has also performed with the Barcelona Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, LSO St. Luke’s, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Orchestre National de Belgique, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among others. Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner studied piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky, as well as composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu, and at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax.