the concert will finish at 9.50 pm
Jindřich Pavliš — clarinet
Dear listeners, I have a slight dilemma. With such a good programme, I’d love to be in the audience listening to this concert, but at the same time it’s a real treat for a clarinet player. The blues in the second movement of Gershwin’s Concerto with its three clarinets as its main motif will not only be a feast for your ears, but also for our ‘far-out’ clarinet group. I’m looking forward to hearing Andrew von Oeyen, who has a very specific, sparkling way of playing. For us, Stravinsky can both delight and irritate, while I’m very curious about Williams’s ‘film score’ which definitely deserves to be on the concert stage. The highlight for me will be Transfigured Night. It is a beautiful piece with a bewitching story which is in our string section’s blood!
The City of Angels
Let’s face it, we proud Europeans often look down with disdain upon the cultural traditions of the USA, and for many, the word Hollywood is synonymous with bad taste and decadence. If you belong to this group, then I’m pleased that the programme for our sixth orchestral concert will open your ears to the cultural wealth of Los Angeles in the 1930s and ‘40s. At that time, Hollywood and the ‘city of angels’ became the home for a host of outstanding European composers escaping from Europe and the suffocating Nazi terror, including E. W. Korngold, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky. It was Korngold, together with Max Steiner and Alfred Newman, who laid the foundations of American film music. I am delighted that this concert will be conducted by Alfred Newman’s son, the outstanding conductor, composer and bearer of this famous family’s name — David Newman.
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Andrew von Oeyen
Since his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andrew von Oeyen has developed to become one of the most recognised pianists of his generation. Together with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, the Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, he has presented to audiences — both as a pianist and conductor — an unusually wide repertoire stretching from Mozart to the music of Kurt Weill. He has appeared as a chamber musician at the famous Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Centre in New York and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, as well as most of the main halls in Japan and South Korea. In 2016 he signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics, and his debut recording for this label was with music by Saint-Saens, Ravel and Gershwin, which was very well received by the critics. Andrew von Oeyen has been playing the piano since he was five and was only ten when he first appeared as a soloist accompanied by an orchestra. He studied at Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where his teachers included Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal. He has also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. In 1999 he received the famous ‘Gilmore Young Artist Award’.
David Newman is one of today’s most in-demand film-score composers. He already has over 100 pictures to his credit, including The War of the Roses, Matilda, Serenity and the animated films Ice Age and Anastasia, for which he was nominated a Golden Globe and Oscar in 1998. In addition, Newman is also a sought-after conductor who has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and numerous others. He is actively involved in the education of young musicians and is an executive member of the American Youth Orchestra, an orchestra with a long history, where young musicians can experience playing in a professional musical body. One of Newman’s other successful projects was the three-year ‘Jerry Goldsmith Project’, uncovering some of the music by the composer Jerry Goldsmith. He is on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. When his busy schedule allows it, he visits high schools and colleges in Los Angeles to lecture on film music. He is the son of the nine-time Oscar winner and composer Alfred Newman.