Duain Wolfe is the Grammy Award-winning director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Over the past several years, whenever a massed choir is called for in an NAC Orchestra concert, Duain flies in and works the singers to the point of exhaustion. And we choristers love him for it.
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon Duain and 150 of us… Continue Reading
Maestro Zukerman will perform Elgar's Violin Concerto Tuesday night, as the NAC Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival continues. What a treat this performance will be for all in attendance; Pinchas is known for his interpretation of the Elgar concerto internationally. In music journalist Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer’s words, “it’s one of the works that is probably closest to his heart and… Continue Reading
"Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was the first Beethoven concerto that I performed with an orchestra, and thus the work holds a very special place in my heart. From its perfectly constructed, succinct, Mozart K. 491-echoing opening theme — dare we call it a hook? — to its breathless and nearly farcical coda, this is trademark early… Continue Reading
"The Emperor was written at the height of Beethoven’s middle period, and its innovations are groundbreaking and revolutionary. Instead of opening with an orchestral exposition, he begins with a cadenza where the piano immediately announces an equal partnership between soloist and orchestra. What I find most compelling is the slow movement. The simplicity and purity create a spellbinding quality,… Continue Reading
For my brothers Carl and [Johann]* Beethoven
O you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn or misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me, you do not know the secret causes of my seeming so, from childhood my heart and mind were disposed to the gentle feelings of good will,… Continue Reading
It is with great pleasure I welcome you to our exceptional 2012-2013 season.
This season consists of great music performed by a great orchestra and wonderful soloists and guest artists. I’m sure it will engage you with deeply emotional experiences.
With this remarkable season, as we have in the past, we begin with… Continue Reading