J.S. Bach International Violin Competition Gold Medalist Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Tucson Symphony for the first time since 2004 to perform Khachaturian’s crowd-pleasing concerto inspired by Armenian folk themes. Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition is a symphonic “top 10,” while the overture to Kabalevsky’s comic opera, Colas Breugnon, gets things off to a rousing start with its rhythmic drive. Young Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger, winner of the League of American Orchestras’ Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Conductors, makes his TSO debut. He was recently appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony after posts with the Boston and New West Symphonies.
Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger directed the animation for Pictures at an Exhibition with a team of 11 students and graduates at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. The film premiered in 2011 with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, at the opening celebration for their new building.
The work is presented in 15 segments consisting of ten paintings, which are unified by recurring promenades of people walking through an art exhibition. The original movements are based on paintings by the composer’s friend Viktor Hartmann that include illustrations of everyday Russian life and sketches he drew while studying art in Italy and Paris. The USC animators’ vision honors the original spirit of Hartmann’s pictures, bringing them to life with contemporary style and form.