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Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow’s Farewell Recital
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Location: Alice Tully Hall  (Directions)
 
Sun, Jan, 19, 2014
5:00 PM

Glenn Dicterow, joined by his fellow members of The Antonin String Quartet and by pianist Gerald Robbins, performs in a farewell chamber music recital presented in collaboration with The Juilliard School, where he is a longtime faculty member.

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Glenn Dicterow

Program

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Much Ado About Nothing Suite (excerpts)
ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957)
Selections from Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. 11 (1919)


Erich Wolfgang Korngold is probably best known as one of Hollywood’s most successful and admired film music composers. To name just a few of his great scores: Captain Blood, Anthony Adverse, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. (Some of the themes from these films found their way into Korngold’s magnificent Violin Concerto.) The composer was just 22 years old when he created the incidental music to Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. As he stated, “It was performed at Schönbrunn Castle and the Burg Theater in Vienna, later by more than one hundred symphony orchestras in Europe and the United States.” He later adapted the chamber orchestra original for violin and piano, performed by such legendary violinists as Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman, and Jascha Heifetz. It is in this more intimate version that you’ll hear the charming score. Four parts of the story revolving around the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick will be performed on this recital. In “Bridal Chamber” (“Maiden in the Bridal Chamber”), in a parallel romance, Hero is devastated at being left at the altar by Claudio through unkind trickery. “Dogberry and Verges” (“March of the Sentinel)” provides real comic relief; Korngold marks the movement “In the Tempo of a Grotesque Funeral March,” reflecting the inebriated state of the two police officers. Next comes the romantic music of “The Garden Scene” (“Intermezzo”) in which Beatrice realizes her true feelings for Benedick. The suite concludes with a “Masquerade” (“Hornpipe”)—or perhaps a de-masquerade—where the knotted plot is unraveled, and the promise of living happily ever after is assured. Pianist Gerald Robbins joins Glenn Dicterow in playing this delightful suite. 

JOHN CORIGLIANO (born in 1938 in New York, New York)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1963) 

John Corigliano, Jr. made a big splash in 1963 with his Sonata for Violin and Piano at the Spoleto (Italy) Festival, winning its only chamber music prize that year. He composed it for his father John Corigliano, Sr. (1901-1975), who was the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, for 23 years and who performed the work in 1966 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with pianist Ralph Votapek. The four-movement Sonata is a product of the then-21 year-old composer, and showed the influences of Stravinsky, Copland, and Hindemith. By way of characterizing his Sonata, the composer writes that “for the most part [it is] a tonal work although it incorporates non-tonal and poly-tonal sections within it, as well as other 20th century harmonic, rhythmic, and constructional techniques. The listener will recognize the work as a product of an American writer although this is more the result of an American writing music than writing ‘American’ music—a second-nature, unconscious action on the composer’s part.” He adds, “Virtuosity is of great importance in adding color and energy to the work” and cites as an example the last movement Rondo, which “includes a virtuosic polyrhythmic and polytonal perpetual motion.” The Sonata encompasses the spectrum from energetic to melancholy to lyrical—but is always a vehicle for co-equal performers. The critics raved, with The Washington Post writing, “The highlight of the evening was John Corigliano’s prize-winning 1963 Sonata for Violin and Piano. Far too rarely heard, the sonata is a tour de force for the violin…a complex and infinitely fascinating work whose Andantino contains some of the loveliest and most delicate music written in the past half-century,” and The New York Times praising its “flowing lyricism and rugged chromaticism.
String Quartet in F major, American

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
String Quartet in F major, American (1893)

It was in Spillville, Iowa, a small town with a predominantly Czech population, that Antonín  Dvořák composed his American String Quartet during his sojourn there, from 1892 to 1895. The work was inspired by his impressions of what he considered indigenous “American” music — like Negro spirituals and the pentatonic scale of American Indians. But like the New World Symphony, this quartet more likely conveys the spirit of his native Bohemia, which was never far from Dvořák’s mind. Marked by a seemingly endless stream of lovely melodies passed among the musicians, the four movements are, in turn, achingly beautiful (like the second movement Lento), playful, jaunty, and rhythmically stunning. Birdwatcher alert: in the Molto vivace, listen for the song of a scarlet tanager, a bird indigenous to Iowa that Dvořák encountered on his walks. And the finale will leave you feeling exhilarated as it hurtles to a joyous conclusion.

Artists

Glenn Dicterow

Glenn Dicterow has established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation. His extraordinary musical gifts became apparent when, at age 11, he made his solo debut in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years). In the following years, Mr. Dicterow became one of the most sought-after young artists, appearing as soloist from coast to coast.

Mr. Dicterow, who has won numerous awards and competitions, is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. In 1967, at the age of 18, he performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Andre Kostelanetz in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. In 1980 he joined the Orchestra as Concertmaster, and has since performed as soloist every year, most recently in Brahms’s Double Concerto in November 2012, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, conducted by Case Scaglione. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, he served as Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Mr. Dicterow, who frequently appears as a guest soloist with other orchestras, has made numerous recordings. His most recent CD is a solo recital for Cala Records entitled New York Legends, featuring John Corigliano’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing, the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Martinů’s Three Madrigals for violin and viola, in collaboration with violist Karen Dreyfus and pianist Gerald Robbins. His recording of Bernstein’s Serenade, on Volume 2 of the American Celebration set, is available on the New York Philharmonic’s Website, nyphil.org. Mr. Dicterow can also be heard in the violin solos of the film scores for The Turning Point, The Untouchables, Altered States, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Interview with the Vampire, among others. Glenn Dicterow is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as a faculty artist at the Music Academy of the West, following three years of participation in Music Academy Summer Festivals. Beginning in the fall of 2013, he will become the first to hold the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Learn about The Glenn Dicterow Fund.

Lisa Kim

Lisa Kim joined the Philharmonic violin section in 1994 and was named Associate Principal, Second Violin Group (In Memory of Laura Mitchell), in 2003. She teaches in South Korea and the United States, and has performed with the Seoul National Philharmonic Orchestra and the SooWon, North Carolina, Winston-Salem, and Durham symphony orchestras. Ms. Kim's chamber music activities have included the Philharmonic Ensembles series, Hofstra Chamber Ensemble series, Mostly Chamber Festival, Lyric Chamber Music Society, and Brooklyn's Bargemusic; collaborations with the late Lukas Foss, Lynn Harrell, Ani Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, and Garrick Ohlsson; European performances under the International Music Program; and Jordan's Jurash Festival at the invitation of King Hussein. Lisa Kim began violin studies at age seven, attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. She has won prizes in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search, Bryan Young Artists String Competition, Winston-Salem Young Talent Search, and Durham Symphony Young Artists Competition. She joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in 1999.

Eileen Moon

Eileen Moon joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998 and was named Associate Principal Cello, The Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Guenther Chair, in 2007. A native of California, she began her studies with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory and subsequently received a bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School and a performance diploma from the Hochshule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. 

Ms. Moon won fourth prize at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow in 1994, and second prize at the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1991, resulting in performances in France and a radio recording in Switzerland. She has performed chamber music at numerous venues in and around New York City and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall.

Ms. Moon currently serves in an organizational role for a number of charitable causes as both a performer and presenter. Her passion for animals resulted in the formation of Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, an auxiliary group devoted to fundraising through educational seminars and performances. In addition, she is involved with The Artemis Project, a non-profit animal rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption organization in New York City, which she co-founded in 2000 with Philharmonic colleague Dorian Rence. Ms. Moon is a strong advocate for Celebrate Life Half Marathon, whose mission is to assist cancer patients with treatment and associated care.

Eileen Moon is artistic advisor at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York, and curator and presenter of its chamber music series, Sundays with Friends. She is founder and artistic director of Warwick Music Series in Warwick, New York, where she resides with Principal Horn Philip Myers and their animals.

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