Alan Gilbert kicked of the first subscription concert of the season with an interesting program – Unsuk Chin‘s Clarinet Concerto with Kari Krikku as soloist, and Mahler’s Symphony #1. The Chin was very contemporary sounding, with the clarinetist at times playing two notes at a time. The Mahler, a favorite of mine, was spectacular.
As part of their Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic presented two films of Charlie Chaplin accompanied by music. The opening piece was to the first film with The Tramp – called Kid Auto Races at Venice. This short film was scored by Timothy Brock, conductor for the evening. The main feature was Chaplin’s Modern Times. I had no idea that Chaplin actually wrote music to Modern Times. The orchestra played well and was expertly conducted by Brock.
This was the first concert of the 63rd season for the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem. The Beethoven and Tchaikovsky were more traditional selections, but the Bright Sheng was a nice contemporary addition to the program.
- Beethoven: Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost”
- Bright Sheng Four Movements for Piano Trio (1990)
- Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50