January & February 2023

A Theatrical Vision: New Contexts for Familiar Works

“Sometimes we forget what music means. It’s not simply about dramatic intensity, or beautiful melodies. We need to be nourished not just by the music’s beauty but also by its meaning and context.”
—Louis Langrée


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Indoor Fireworks: Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Odds are you have heard the tail end of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The unforgettable rhythms of its explosive climax are a popular choice for Independence Day celebrations and have played a prominent role in pop culture, ranging from The Muppet Show to V for Vendetta. 


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Bill Barclay discusses how he reshaped Grieg’s Peer Gynt for the modern concert hall

Back in 1876, Peer Gynt marked an historic collaboration between two of Norway’s most illustrious artists, but in practical terms the marriage didn’t last. Edvard Grieg’s music went on to become a wordless favorite on the concert stage, while most revivals of Henrik Ibsen’s play do away with Grieg’s score altogether. Writer/composer Bill Barclay cites the cause of divorce as “irreconcilable differences.”

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Meet Our New Orchestra Musicians, Part II

In this month’s profile, we meet Principal Librarian Christina Eaton, violist Dan Wang, violist Emilio Carlo and cellist Isabel Kwon. Three of these four musicians are familiar faces to CSO audiences: Christina was promoted from her previous role as Associate Principal Librarian, and Emilio and Dan are both alumni of the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship. Each of these talented additions to the CSO’s roster enjoys a variety of diverse interests outside of their careers, and all are thrilled to be with the CSO this year.

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