At the age of eleven she was playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, when she was fourteen the great violinist Isaac Stern noticed her talent and encouraged her to pursue a solo career, at seventeen she won the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. American violinist born to Korean parents, Jennifer Koh will be performing with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai on Thursday 5 May at 8.30 pm. The concert dedicated to Antonín Dvorak will take place at the Auditorium Rai “A. Toscanini” in Turin and will be broadcasted live by Rai Cultura on TV channel Rai5 and on Radio3.
With her passion for Czech music, and for the works of Czech-born naturalized French writer and playwright Milan Kundera, Jennifer Koh will be performing Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53. The Czech composer wrote this piece of music between July and September 1879, and dedicated it to celebrated virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim, who didn’t seem to appreciate the work and refused to perform it. The premiere took place in Prague in 1883 with violinist Frantisek Oudricek and conductor Morie Auger.
The Rai Orchestra will be led by American conductor James Conlon, who will be the Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor beginning next October , and who is Musical Director of the Los Angeles Opera and recent protagonist of the 2016 New Year’s Concert at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, a concert that was broadcasted live on RaiUno. Conlon will present Antonin Dvorak’s Karneval, Concert Overture in A major Op. 92, perhaps the most appreciated and most often performed of the composer’s three overtures, whose premiere was conducted by Dvorak himself in 1892, who dedicated the performance to the University of Prague, who had granted him an honorary degree. The concert will close with his Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70. Commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London, following the composer’s success during his first visit in the British capital in 1884, his Seventh Symphony was performed and conducted by him at London’s St. James Hall the following year.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 6 May at 8.30 pm.
A new and extraordinary fifth appointment , not included in the subscription package, is to close the spring festival of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai “La Voce e l’Orchestra”. On Friday 24 June at 7 pm, at the Auditorium Rai “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, Belcanto star Juan Diego Florez will be performing a recital concert singing Mozart and Rossini arias, French repertoire, Italian songs and Zarzuela arias. Scheduled on the day of Saint John, patron of the city of Turin, the show will be preceding the traditional fireworks over the Po river, with the vocal fireworks of Peruvian tenor Florez. The concert, conducted by Christopher Franklin, is not include in the subscription package, and is sold at 40, 60, and 80 euro. Tickets are available from tomorrow, Thursday 31 March, for all those who own a subscription to the Festival “La Voce e l’Orchestra”, or for those who intend to purchase such a subscription. All remaining seats will be available for general purchase after 3 May.
The program of the Festival “La Voce e l’Orchestra” has undergone several important changes from what had previously been announced: if on the one hand the star of the first concert is confirmed - the concert being scheduled on Thursday 19 May at 8.30 pm with great Russian bass Dmitry Beloselsky, who is performing works by Modest Mussorgsky, accompanied by Juraj Valčuha - the prim donna of the second event, dedicated to Giacomo Puccini’s most celebrated opera arias, is Maria Agresta, one of today’s most popular lyric sopranos worldwide. Her recital concert, dedicated to Manon Lescaut, Turandot, Suor Angelica, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, is scheduled on Thursday 26 May at 8.30 pm, and is conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti.
The third event of the festival – on Thursday 9 June at 8.30 pm – sees another new star walking the stage: soprano Rachel Harnisch is performing arias by Mozart from Idomeneo, Lucio Silla, Il Re Pastore, and Don Giovanni. Hansjörg Albrecht will be on the podium. Much appreciated by Claudio Abbado, Rachel Harnisch has made Mozart one of the reference composers of her international career.
The program of the fourth concert remains unchanged and is scheduled on Thursday 16 June at 8.30 pm, with Jeffrey Tate conducting. The British conductor, with soprano Kate Valentine and tenor Brenden Gunnel, are presenting pages of the great German repertoire, with composers like Richard Wagner (Parsifal and Die Walküre) and Richard Strauss (Intermezzo and Ariadne auf Naxos).