UMS Concert Program, November 14, 1982: International Presentations Of Music & Dance -- Gewandhaus Orchestra Of Leipzig
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig
KURT MASUR Music Director and Conductor
KARL SUSKE, Violinist
Sunday Evening, November 14, 1982, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Concerto in D major, Op. 61, for Violin and Orchestra Allegro ma non troppo Larghetto
Symphony No. 1 in D major ...............
Langsam, schleppcnd wie cin Naturlaut
(Slowly, drawn out like a sound of nature) Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu snell
(Strongly agitated, but not too fast) Feierlich und gcmessen, ohnc zu schleppcnd
(Solemn and measured, without dragging) Stiirmisch bewegt (Stormily agitated)
Philips, Vanguard, Angel, Deutsche Grammophon, CBS Masterworks, Seraphim, Varese-Sarabande, and Eurodisc Records.
Fifteenth Concert of the 104th Season
104th Annual Choral Union Series
About the Artists
Since its inception, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig has been closely associated with some of the world's revered musicians and composers. It was founded in 1743 by a group of merchants and noblemen with Johann Sebastian Bach as its leader. Originally called the Collegium Musicum, the ensemble received its present name in 1781 when the concerts moved to the Gewandhaus, the building that housed the linen merchants of Leipzig. When Felix Mendelssohn became conductor in 1835, he ushered in a new era in the orchestra's history. He was the first Gewandhaus conductor to mold the ensemble's members into a cohesive unit, and embarked on a program that revived compositions of past composers as well as contemporary works, a tradition continued to the present day. As one might guess, Mendelssohn also presented new compositions of his own, including the Scottish Symphony and his Violin Concerto. Successive conductors represent some of the most prominent of the 19th century -Arthur Nikisch, Gustav Mahler, Bruno Walter, and Wilhelm Furtwangler, among others. Throughout its history the Gewandhaus Orchestra has presented premiere performances of works by such famous composers as Mozart, Liszt, Berlioz, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Saint-Sacns, Strauss, and Khatchaturian.
Kurt Masur, a native of Silesia, was appointed Music Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1970. He was formerly conductor of the Leipzig Opera House, and has led such prestigious ensembles as the Dresden State Orchestra, and the Leningrad, Berlin, Vienna, and Stockholm Philharmonics. He has also participated in international music festivals in Prague, Warsaw, and Salzburg, among others. During the 1979-80 season, Mr. Masur made his debut with the Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. He returned to the United States the following season with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and at that time made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in June 1981 as part of the orchestra's Romantic Festival. Mr. Masur and the Gewandhaus Orchestra now return to Ann Arbor for their second concert -their first appearance was in 1974.
Karl Suske, soloist in this evening's performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, serves as concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Holiday Concerts Coming Soon!
The University Choral Union and U-M Symphony members
Donald Bryant, conductor
Sherry Zannoth. soprano Joseph Evans, tenor
Lorna Myers, contralto Arthur Thompson, bass
Bejun Mehta. boy soprano Three performances in Hill Auditorium
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 3 & 4 at 8:30; Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 Tickets from S3 to S7.50
Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" Ballet
Four performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet in Power Center
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 17 & 18 at 8:00
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 18 & 19 at 2:00
Tickets from S6 to S10
The genius of gesture brings new pantomimes direct from his Paris run, to open his American tour in Ann Arbor:
Three performances in the Power Center Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8:00; Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3:00 & 8:00
Tickets now on sale: main floor -$16 & $14; balcony -$15 & $11
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