Dvořák's New World


Friday 22 & Saturday 23 April 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Dvořák's New World

Elliott GYGER Concerto for Orchestra (World Premiere) (24 mins)

A tattered flag and a dream of time (Carl Sandburg)
The thing with feathers (Emily Dickinson)
A crack in everything (Leonard Cohen)
Intermingled, impure we shine (Tricia Dearborn)
A hungry and angry hope (Julia Baird)

Maurice RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (19 mins)

Lento –
Andante –
Allegro –
Tempo primo

Interval (25 mins)

Antonín DVORÁK Symphony No.9 From the New World (40 mins)

Adagio – Allegro molto
Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Allegro con fuoco

Eduardo Strausser conductor
Paavali Jumppanen

Elliott Gyger’s Concerto for Orchestra commissioned for WASO by Geoff Stearn.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Jen Winley. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Friday only)
Join Principal Cor Anglais, Leanne Glover for a post-concert interview. In her final week with WASO hear insights into Leanne’s 32-year career with the orchestra. The Post-concert Talk will take place immediately following the Friday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Listen to WASO
This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit abc.net.au/classic

Did you know?

When Elliot Gyger started composing his Concerto for Orchestra, he considered writing a work that could be assembled from recordings of individual players or small groups if live performance wasn't practical - due to COVID-19 sweeping through Australia at the time.

Goffredo Petrassi is the probable record-holder for the use of the genre title, 'Concerto for Orchestra' - he composed nine works with the title!

Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I.

Paul Wittgenstein's family fortune enabled him to commission more than a dozen works for piano left-hand, including works by Strauss, Prokofiev and Britten.

Dvořák's Symphony No.9 was voted as the most popular symphony of all time in a 2009 listener poll by ABC Classic.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a tape recording of Dvořák's New World Symphony along during the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, in 1969.

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About the Artists

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Farewell Leanne Glover

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