Music Director Victor Yampolsky Previews the PMF 2013 Season
We start our preview of 61st Festival by reflecting on the last year’s celebration of 60 glorious years of serving our faithful public in Door County with symphonic music. It is quite fitting to reflect on the continuity and changes, which took place in the last 60 years.
From a small chamber orchestra in 1953, we have grown to a full symphony orchestra in 2013. From the Gibraltar High School gymnasium we moved to the splendid Door County Auditorium. From rather small scope of repertoire, available for chamber orchestra, we moved to the main stream of great classical music for symphony orchestra, the greatest oratorios and opera in concert. We have hosted world celebrated guest artists, many of who have returned numerous times. We have shown persistent continuity in the orchestra membership with many carrying 25 years pin on their lapel. So what are our ideas and programs for the PMF 2013?
- The first, most visible novelty is devoting more programs to one great composer: Tchaikovsky, Hamlish, Prokofiev, Mozart, Shostakovich and Mahler will be featured in 2013.
- The second is to feature the soloist in more then one work: Inna Faliks, Igor Yusefovich and Stewart Goodyear will take the center stage with two concertos and Denise Djokic will perform three shorter works for cello solo.
- The third change is to present to our public two new guest conductors: David Wroe on the first Saturday and Joann Faletta on the third Tuesday.
The format of the Festival remains the same since 1987 with nine programs in the first three weeks of August on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.
Every Tuesday Night concert has it’s own purpose and format:
- The first Tuesday is the PMF Festival opener and will celebrate Centennial of the birth of Benjamin Britten. It will also feature the return of one of the greatest violinists of today: Ilya Kaler from Chicago.
- The second Tuesday is devoted to the music of the Baroque era, featuring our own concertmaster Igor Yusefovich and Principal Oboist Eric Olson.
- The third Tuesday will take us to the familiar rivalry between France and England inspiring the title: Crossing the Channel. This delightful program will two remarkable female artists on stage: Joanne Faletta, world renown conductor and music director, and Caroline Goodling, young American violin virtuoso, who took our breath away with her playing two summers ago.
The three Thursdays will constitute a mini-fest, a series, of Giants of Russian Music: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Our listeners will have a rare opportunity to hear works from early, mature and late periods of their compositions and will include slides from the composers’ life, pictures of relevant places and people who influenced them in their creativity. One place in particular is common not only to the above-mentioned composers, but also to the Festival’s Music Director Victor Yampolsky. That is St.Petersburg Conservatory of Music, which celebrated 150 years last September. The St. Petersburg Conservatory also has other connections to artists and music in the 2013 season and those are discussed in the video previews.
And finally three Saturdays at 6:30 pm will surely become three mighty summits of the 2013 season:
- Tribute to Marvin Hamlish
- Mozart’s Requiem
- Mahler’s Symphony #5 with famous Adagietto, which is being described as his musical love letter to his wife Alma
The videos also introduce to you three Doctoral Assistants in orchestral conducting from the Bienen School of Music: Daniel Black, Yuchi Chou, and Christopher Ramaekers. They attended last year’s Festival and will be returning in August 2013. Each will produce a score of slides for Thursday program and assist the Festival in a variety of ways: helping musicians, stage crew, library, conductors, and promoting our music to the sponsors, Board members and guests.
In the following sections, there are four short videos: The first is a reflection on PMF’s journey to date and the next three are previews of the 2013 season.
Thank you for joining us on this musical journey.
Reflection on the PMF's Musical Journey 1953 to 2013
2013 Season - Week 1
2013 Season - Week 2
2013 Season - Week 3