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concert Michael Stern conducts Mendelssohn, Barber, and Sibelius Farewell concert with the Kansas City Symphony

Farewell concert with the Kansas City Symphony

Michael Stern conducts Mendelssohn, Barber, and Sibelius Farewell concert with the Kansas City Symphony

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After two decades at the helm of the Kansas City Symphony, maestro Michael Stern brings his tenure to a memorable close in this eclectic and satisfying program. After opening with the sprightly Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream by a 17-year-old Felix Mendelssohn, Stern and his KCS move on to Samuel Barber's intensely dramatic and finely orchestrated Symphony No. 1 in One Movement. Their fittingly grand finale is Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, which the composer called a "confession of the soul," and which traverses a wide array of tempi, moods, and colors before arriving at a soul-stirringly triumphant conclusion.

Cast

Program

  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture, Op. 21
  • Samuel Barber, Symphony in One Movement, Op. 9
  • Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
    • 1. Allegretto – Poco allegro – Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo all'allegro – Poco largamente – Tempo I – Poco allegro
    • 2. Tempo andante, ma rubato – Poco allegro – Molto largamente – Andante sostenuto – Andante con moto ed energico – Allegro – Poco largamente – Molto largamente – Andante sostenuto – Andante con moto ed energico – Andante – Pesante
    • 3. Vivacissimo – Lento e soave – Tempo primo – Lento e soave – (attacca)
    • 4. Finale: Allegro moderato – Moderato assai – Meno moderato e poco a poco ravvivando il tempo – Tempo I – Largamente e pesante – Poco largamente – Molto largamente
  • Johannes Brahms / Bright Sheng, Black Swan (after Brahms's Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2)

Details

  • Venue: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
  • Broadcast date: June 23, 2024, 9 p.m.
  • Production date: 2024
  • Replay available until: September 24, 2027
  • Duration: 1 h 49 min
  • Production: © Kansas City Symphony
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