Daniele Rustioni conductor
Roman Simović violin
PROKOF’EV Violin Concerto No.1 Op.19
RAVEL Tzigane, rhapsody for violin and orchestra (1924)
BORODIN Dance of Polovtsian Maidens from Prince Igor
STRAVINSKIJ The Firebird, suite (1919)
ORT in collaboration with Conservatory of Tuscany
This opening concert of the Orchestra della Toscana is a tribute to the Great Mother Russia. From a popular Russian fairy tale comes Stravinskij’s The Firebird that originated as a ballet. It portrays the struggle between a diabolical magician and a fearless prince who is accompanied by a magical bird in the prince’s fight against evil. This national epic is based on Borodin’s Prince Igor, an unfinished work about the unsuccessful military campaign conducted in 1185 by the king of Novgorod-Severskij against the invading Polovician tribe. It was Prokof’ev’s desire to experiment with genres and modern languages that spurred his interest to write Concerto No. 1 violin just before the October Revolution.
Accompanying Ravel’s Tzigane is Roman Simović. Simovic’ is inspired by magical folklore and studied in Ukraine, Serbia, and at the Conservatory of Moscow and spent seven years as the first violin of the London Symphony Orchestra. He directs Daniele Rustioni, the main conductor of the ORT, who extends the orchestra’s work with students from the Conservatori delle Toscana.
Florence, Teatro Verdi
Friday, October 27 at 9:00 PM > BUY TICKET
concert broadcast in deferred on Rete Toscana Classica
Poggibonsi, Teatro Politeama
Tuesday, October 31 at 9:00 PM