A Double Dose of Dvořák plus Brahms and Beethoven
Have you ever told your kids that they were getting on your last nerve? Well, Dvořák has a cautionary tale that will quickly cure you of that habit and turn you into the most patient of all parents or grandparents. In Dvořák's symphonic poem, The Noonday Witch, a Mom is trying to prepare lunch for her husband while her child is misbehaving. She threatens him with a terrifying boogieman from Czech folklore, the “noonday witch.” The tot calms down at the threat, but it’s too late. The clock strikes twelve, and the horrible witch comes for the child despite the pleas of the distraught mother. Dad returns home to find his wife cradling the toddler’s lifeless body. I don’t know about you, but this story gives me the willies. Fortunately, our January NSO Showcase program will also feature some more cheerful music by Dvořák— the overture In Nature’s Realm, a celebration of the beauty of the Czech countryside. The program will also include Brahms’ Symphony No.4 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with guest artist Sergey Khachatryan. Born in Armenia, Mr. Khachatryan won the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in 2005, and was the youngest to ever win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2000.
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