May 22, 2022
Shostakovich, Bernstein, and Student Soloists
May 22, 2022
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638
Pre-Concert Lecture at 2:15 p.m.
Concert Begins at 3:00 p.m.
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About Leonard Bernstein
August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990. Leonard Bernstein was an American conductor, composer, pianist, music educator, author, and humanitarian. Among the most important conductors of his time, he was also the first American conductor to receive international acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.”
As a composer he wrote in many styles, including symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and works for the piano. His best-known work is the Broadway musical West Side Story, which continues to be regularly performed worldwide, and was made into an Academy Award–winning feature film. His works include three symphonies, Chichester Psalms, Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium”, the original score for the film On the Waterfront, and theater works including On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide, and his MASS.
About Johann Sebastian Bach
March 1685 – July 1750. Bach was the eighth and youngest child of a prolific musical family. His uncles were all professional musicians, whose posts included church organists, court chamber musicians, and composers. He was orphaned at the age of 10 and continued his musical education with his eldest brother and under his own initiative, enrolled in a local school where he studied, performed and copied music. Bach enriched established German styles through his mastery of counterpoint, harmonic and adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.
Bach’s best-known orchestral works are the Brandenburg Concertos, so named because he submitted them in the hope of gaining employment from Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721; his application was unsuccessful.
Despite being born in the same year and only about 81 miles apart, Bach and Handel never met.
About Edvard Grieg
June 1843 – September 1907. Grieg, a Norwegian composer and pianist, is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers and the best known of all 19th century Scandinavian composers. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway out into the world. Grieg made a European career for himself as a virtuoso pianist and conductor.
Grieg is the most celebrated person from the city of Bergen. There are numerous statues depicting his image and many cultural entities named after him: the city’s largest concert building, Grieg Hall, its most advanced music school and its professional choir. The Edvard Grieg Museum at Grieg’s former home, Troldhaugen, is dedicated to his legacy.
Grieg was considered a miniaturist; incapable of coping with grand symphonic composition. In his early years, he composed his only symphony, which he suppressed.
About Dmitri Shostakovich
September 1906 – August 1975. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union but had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards. His music shows the influence of many of the composers he most admired: Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, and Berg. Shostakovich’s output includes 15 symphonies, 6 concerti, 15 string quartets, 3 operas, solo piano works, and a substantial quantity of film music. Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works.
Shostakovich was in many ways an obsessive man: he regularly sent cards to himself to test how well the postal service was working.
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