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The TSO performs the hypnotic Bolero, Nov 21-24, 2018

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No one was more surprised than Ravel about the success of Bolero, a one-movement orchestra work that builds into an incredibly exciting conclusion. English ice dancers Torvill and Dean used it for the skating routine that got them a row of perfect 6.0’s at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, putting them on the map, and renewing interest in the work. Ravel didn’t know what to make of the blockbuster-level success of Bolero, which takes one melody and repeats it over and over. “It’s on orchestration without music – a very long, very gradual crescendo”, he said. However, the way this music builds, with different instruments chiming in, the dramatic intensity of the mounting repetition is something else, and it’s fun to see how a conductor – in this case, John Storgards – takes a very familiar work and makes it his or her own.

Beethoven’s piano concertos are a part of any classical pianist’s arsenal, and the fourth opens with the piano making a solo statement – calm, regal, elegiac. Kirill Gerstein takes on this mighty work, and the concerts open with a TSO co-commission of John Adams’ City Noir.

Roy Thomson Hall
November 21 & 24, 8 PM
November 23 at 7:30 PM
Roy Thomson Hall
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