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Sept. 4: Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Stravinsky, Schoenberg With Izquierdo, Sept. 11


Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Performs Ravel,
Stravinsky, Schoenberg With Izquierdo, Sept. 11

PITTSBURGH—Music Director Juan Pablo Izquierdo will conduct a program of 20th century classics with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

The program will feature Igor Stravinsky's "Petrouchka (Three Movements)," Arnold Schoenberg's "Chamber Symphony Opus 9" (arr. Webern), and Maurice Ravel's "Suite No. 2 From 'Daphnis et Chloé.'" Tickets are available before the concert and are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for Carnegie Mellon students with ID.

"Petrouchka" and "Daphnis et Chloé" were both originally commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes, founded in 1909. The Ballets Russes could count George Balanchine, Pablo Picasso and Sergei Prokofiev among its choreographers, designers and composers.

"The Ballets Russes was one of the 20th century's most important confluences for creativity," said Noel Zahler, head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Music. "It brought together the dancers, choreographers and musicians of the day, and they collaborated to produce ballets and great works of art. Composers like Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel were spurred to artistic heights by the Ballets Russes."

"Petrouchka," the second of three ballets Stravinsky wrote for Diaghilev between 1910 and 1913, followed "The Firebird" and preceded "The Rite of Spring." It tells the tale of a puppet named Petrouchka that comes to life.

"Daphnis et Chloé" was adapted by choreographer Michael Fokine ("Chopiniana" or "Les Sylphides") from a Greek story. Diaghilev commissioned "Daphnis" in 1909, but the ballet was not performed until 1912. This work is known for its lush harmonies and gorgeous orchestration, which includes a wordless chorus on top of the huge orchestra. The philharmonic will play the second of two freestanding concert suites that Ravel adapted for the concert hall.

Schoenberg's "Chamber Symphony Opus 9" is a comparatively early work that was written in 1906, when he was still writing pieces such as "Verklärte Nacht," "Pelleas und Melisande" and the first string quartet. In this concert, the Grammy-nominated artists-in-residence Cuarteto Latinoamericano will play Webern's arrangement for five instruments of Schoenberg's "Opus 9."

Izquierdo studied composition at the University of Chile and later conducting for three years with Hermann Scherchen in Switzerland. In 1966, Izquierdo won the Dmitri Mitropoulos International Competition for Conductors and became assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. In 2007, Izquierdo and Carnegie Mellon's School of Music won a "Diapason d'or" Award for their recording of George Crumb's "Black Angels" and "Makrokosmos III."