Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky – Serenade in C Major, Op. 48
Marianne Martinez – Aria: “La belle lagrime”
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Bachianas brasileiras no. 9, A449
Gustav Mahler – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp minor
One of the cornerstones of the string orchestra repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade will be featured on the National String Symphonia May concert. This work evokes the spirit of Mozart’s serenades, which were greatly admired by Tchaikovsky. Indeed, Mozart’s most famous Serenade – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – was also composed for strings alone.
Continuing the Mozart connection, we will be presenting a work by a woman composer who was a contemporary (and friend) of Mozart. Soprano Melissa Chavez will return to join the NSS in presenting Marianne von Martinez’s aria “La belle lagrime” for the first time since Martinez’s death in 1812.
The Bachianas Brasilieras of Heitor Villa-Lobos are also nods to composers of the past, this time to J.S. Bach. Villa-Lobos composed nine such works, attempting to integrate the compositional tools of the Baroque composers to the sound of the traditional music of Brazil. The result are some of the best-known works of Latin American art music.
Rounding out this concert is the beloved Adagietto for Strings by Gustav Mahler. Written as a love song to his future wife, Alma, this tender and lyrical work has inspired more than 20 choreographers to set it to stage.