- One ticket to Composers Without Boundaries, featuring Haik Kazazyan
- When: Wednesday, June 4, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’s Alice Tully Hall
- Door time: 7:15 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $24 for prime orchestra seating in rows P–W (up to $47 value)
- $30 for premium orchestra seating in rows E–O (up to $60 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Composers Without Boundaries Featuring Haik Kazazyan
This evening’s program skips all across Europe for its influences, with, for instance, the Dane Carl Nielsen’s ode to an ancient Greek myth and the French-Romanian Marius Constant honoring an English painter. Internationally esteemed violinist Haik Kazazyan solos, demonstrating what a 2005 New York Times review described as “a real instrumental talent: big, gleaming sound, virtuoso skills and tender sensibilities.”
- Nielsen—Pan and Syrinx Op. 49: As the ancient myth goes, playboy satyr Pan chased chaste nymph Syrinx until, trapped at the water’s edge, she begged the river nymphs for help. In response, they transformed her into the hollow reeds that are used to make pan flutes. Carl Nielsen’s nine-minute symphonic poem chronicles this amorous chase with plenty of reedy woodwind solos.
- Constant—Turner: Known by many as the composer of the Twilight Zone theme song, Marius Constant composed this tone poem in homage to the English watercolor landscapist William Turner.
- Prokofiev—Violin Concerto No. 2: Almost mournful, the strains of a solo violin convey the stories of traditional Russian folk songs before the swell of the orchestra carries them off. The violin remains a constant throughout the piece, though, even as the movements take on a Spanish flair complete with chattering castanets.
- Bizet—Symphony in C: Bizet composed this just after his 17th birthday, but declined to publish or publicize it—self-conscious, perhaps, about its similarities to the work of his teacher Charles Gounod and getting teased in the cafeteria of Future Great Composers High.
New York City is full of freelance musical talent. For three decades, Riverside Symphony has gathered much of it together into innovative concert programs that display a taste for striking juxtapositions, mixing the titans of the classical tradition with modern, local works. At any given performance, audience members might see a rare work from Haydn or Prokofiev, a couple young soloists on the rise, and dozens of beautifully polished black shoes.