• Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

“Pound for pound, they are as good as any orchestra, and they have few rivals.”
National Review

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

Tue, Mar 2, 7:30pm
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
Ma mère l’Oye Suite
The Firebird Suite (1919 version)
Wed, Mar 3, 7:30pm
HAYDN Symphony No. 59, Fire
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical
Symphony No. 5
Thu, Mar 4, 8pm—A Grand Gala
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Op. 35
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

A match made in music lovers’ heaven!

Centuries of refined European orchestral tradition meet the dynamism of South America’s favorite son when the majestic Vienna Philharmonic and the charismatic Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel unite for three lush and powerful orchestral programs. Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic have developed a close relationship in recent years—in 2017, he became the youngest-ever conductor to lead the orchestra’s annual New Year’s Day concert broadcast to 50 million viewers in nearly 90 countries; and the following year, he conducted the orchestra in a whirlwind friendship tour of the Americas. Dudamel has earned a cult following among music connoisseurs for the vitality and sophistication of his interpretations, and the Vienna Philharmonic is revered for a depth of sound that is “rich in detail and fearsome in its intensity” (The Guardian, London). In their first Cal Performances concerts together, Dudamel and the orchestra perform a rich collection of Old World masterworks culled from recent collaborations.

The first program explores color and light, pairing Schubert’s kaleidoscopic Fifth Symphony with Ravel’s dreamy Rapsodie espagnole and the radiant miniatures of his Mother Goose suite, plus Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet score based on the Russian fairy tales of the Firebird. The second program offers a fascinating contrast between an actual Classical-era symphony by Haydn and Prokofiev’s later reflection on the Classical style, and is capped by the Russian master’s grand and exuberant Fifth Symphony. The final, all-Russian program places Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative orchestral suite Scheherazade in conversation with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a work of dramatic shifts that ranges from delicate to turbulent.

Major support provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.

Tickets start at $45


Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.

This performance, as well as all remaining events on our 2020/21 Season, has been canceled. As large gatherings are still not allowed by state, local, and university officials at this time we regret to announce that we will be unable to present our spring 2021 performances as originally planned. Ticket holders are being notified by either mail or email.

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