Maestro Arild Remmereit and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Perform
Tchaikovsky’s Seldom Heard Third Symphony, Oct. 18 & 19
BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala to perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major
Baltimore, Md. (September 29, 2014) — Maestro Arild Remmereit and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) present a program of Tchaikovsky and Mozart on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The concert includes Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Symphony No. 3, “Polish,” Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, performed by BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala, and the BSO premiere of 19th century female composer Elfrida Andrée’s Concert Overture in D Major. Please see below for complete program details.
Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit made an outstanding debut with the BSO in June 2005, and was last heard with the Orchestra in 2013. He returns to Baltimore to lead a Romantic rarity, Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, “Polish.” Consisting of five movements (rather than the customary four) inspired by dance, its spirit is closer to a suite than a symphony. The piece maintains a rollicking first movement, a charming waltz for the second movement, a magical, feather-light scherzo and a blazing finale. Its buried treasure is its beautiful slow movement, which showcases Tchaikovsky’s ability to eloquently express heartfelt emotion.
Tchaikovsky contemporary Elfrida Andrée of Sweden wrote her appealing Concert Overture in G Major in 1873. Andrée introduced the piece at a concert she (likely) conducted herself in Berlin in 1888. Then, for more than 100 years, it languished in an archive until Washington State musicologist Susan Pickett prepared a new edition, performed by the Walla Walla Symphony in 1998 and by the Swedish Radio Symphony in 1999. Its performances in Baltimore will be only its third modern presentation.
Finally, Emily Skala, the BSO’s principal flute since 1988, will be featured in Mozart’s effervescent first Flute Concerto. With its fresh-as-springtime melodies and gloriously romantic slow movement, it is apparent that Mozart was head-over-heels in love when he wrote it.
Arild Remmereit, conductor
In 2005, Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit made five dramatic debuts with the Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Vienna Symphonies, Munich Philharmonic and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, quickly establishing himself as a major talent on the international scene. Mr. Remmereit was immediately re-engaged with the above and since then has returned to other prominent orchestras, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Detroit, Dallas, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies, and the Seoul Philharmonic.
Additional appearances include the Houston Symphony, Buffalo, Naples, Oslo, Royal Stockholm philharmonics, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He made his opera debut at Teatro alla Scala in 2005, and, more recently, led Florence’s Orchestra del Maggio Musicale. Asian appearances include the Tokyo and Malaysian Philharmonics and the KBS Symphony.
Mr. Remmereit was music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 2010 through 2012, during which time he re-invigorated the orchestra’s programming, and secured it a Carnegie Hall appearance in 2014.
Emily Skala, flute
Emily Skala’s passion for the flute has led her all over the country and beyond. Her range of experiences encompasses engagements long and short with nine professional orchestras on three continents. Her critically acclaimed CD of music by Brahms and Schubert (Summit Records, 2001) is frequently aired on radio stations nationwide: “Emily Skala, brings…conviction and sensitivity to these sonatas, not to mention superb articulation and intonation…The subtle, prismatic glow of Skala’s tone and, above all, the deep warmth of her phrasing matches…anything (the clarinet and viola) can achieve…” (Baltimore Sun, 2002) Ms. Skala has appeared as soloist with such internationally renowned maestri as Marin Alsop, Juanjo Mena, David Zinman and Mario Venzago in some of the most demanding repertoire from Corigliano to Rouse, and Bach to Takemitsu. She has also performed on numerous recordings under the direction of David Zinman and Marin Alsop since her appointment in 1988.
COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS
Tchaikovsky & Mozart
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3 p.m. – JMSH
Arild Remmereit, conductor
Emily Skala, flute
Andrée: Concert Overture in D Major
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G Major
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, “Polish”
Tickets start at $29 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
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