Debut Chamber Orchestra to Perform 'burn'
Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky for Turbulent Times
Contact: Walter Zooi, Executive Director
Los Angeles, CA (January 12, 2018): The Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Chamber Orchestra (DCO), under the direction of Lawrence N. Field conductor-in-residence Yuga Cohler, will present the third concert of its 2017–18 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 9, at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, 200 South Grand Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles. The concert is free with reservations made through YMF’s website: www.ymf.org/events.
Each concert in this year’s DCO season was inspired by themes relating to the elements of air, water, earth and fire. This program, titled burn, features Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
The Stravinsky work, written in 1942–43, relates most directly to the element of fire. The composer referred to it as his “war symphony” in response to events taking place in his recently exiled homeland of Russia and the entire theater of World War II. According to Stravinsky’s program notes, the first movement was inspired by a documentary on Japanese scorched-earth tactics in China. The third movement harkens to the goose-stepping of German soldiers and the Allied Forces' mounting success.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 also explores intense conflict between opposing sides, but the battle was taking place within the composer himself. The turbulent changes in his personal life, including a marital crisis, led him to write music of such a strongly personal and expressive nature that it became an attack on the classical symphony form itself. After its premiere on Feb. 22, 1878, Symphony No. 4 was referred to as Fatum, or Fate.
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Igor STRAVINSKY – Symphony in Three Movements
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY– Symphony No. 4
Now celebrating its 63rd season, the Debut Chamber Orchestra (DCO) is one of the oldest pre-professional training orchestras in the country. It is composed of talented young musicians from around the Los Angeles area, ages 15-25. Notable alumni include Michael Tilson Thomas, André Previn, Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic; David Weiss, former principal oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Robert Chen, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. DCO alumni consistently move on to positions with top symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in the U.S. and internationally.
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