I thought it would be fun to see these challenges as an opportunity to “recompose” Vivaldi’s famous concerto "Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch) for full modern orchestra - taking advantage of the full string section and the wonderful colours that a wind section can add, reimagining what this piece might have sounded like if Vivaldi were living today and writing the same piece for a modern orchestra and modern flute.Read More
Antonin Dvorak's "New World" Symphony was welcomed instantly and universally as a sublime musical masterpiece and a profound experience for audiences when it was premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1893. But it is revealing and fascinating to look back today at the controversies about its composition and its reception, revolving around questions of cultural authenticity and its place in a struggle to define what, if any, significance in the larger artistic universe America might aspire to.Read More
In 2001 the 20th Century's master jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, and the younger generation's jazz piano leader, David Benoit, presented a young teenage jazz piano phenom to their audience in a concert called "Three Generations of Jazz Piano." That young star-in-the-making was longtime PSO favorite, Menlo Park's own Taylor Eigsti. Here they are, taking their final bow:Read More
There is an exciting buzz in the air as Peninsula Symphony is about to open our Platinum 70th Season, featuring the return of Soyeon Kate Lee performing the Grieg Piano Concerto. The program – also featuring Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Prelude – is shaping up to be a blockbuster program.Read More
We are as curious as you are when it comes to our featured soloist for PSO’s Season 70 season opening concerts, Soyeon Kate Lee. Here is to get to know this incredible star more before the concerts:Read More
In the world of solo performing, a talented and hardworking few make it to the very top of the musical echelon to earn their income by, among other things, performing with the major orchestras of the world. Many of these same musicians perform with community orchestras to round out their annual schedules.Read More
These monikers tell you a lot about the unique place of Leonard Bernstein in the history of American music.
He hated to be called “Lenny” by strangers, but he became such a familiar, human and loved international figure that it was inevitable. No other symphony conductor of his era (when legendary podium masters were both revered and feared) could have been addressed so unceremoniously. He made classical music an integral part of the ordinary American home.Read More