This week at the big orchestra
Beethoven - Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4
Alexander Polianichko, conductor
Piotr Anderszewski, piano
7-9 rehearsal Spohr Nonet
3 concert (beyond the score)
7 Chicago Bass Ensemble rehearsal
This week's program is repeated again on Tuesday next week.
The Tuesday evening rehearsal is for a performance at the Winter Chamber Music Festival at Northwestern University on January 18. Somehow this mainstay of the double bass chamber repertoire has eluded me up to this point. I look forward to playing the piece for the first time.
There is a concert on Friday, a ‘members of’ (optional) performance in collaboration with the Hubbard Street dance company. As they say, ‘time is money’. In this case I opted for the time.
Myung-Whun Chung, originally scheduled to conduct the orchestra located in area code 60604, cancelled his appearance this week for personal reasons. I know nothing of his replacement but I am very sorry to not see Chung again. There were a few rumors swirling about before the holidays offering up various explanations for the cancellation. I can’t help but wonder if the rude treatment he received during his last visit here had something to do with it. However, since I’ve been scolded for expressing displeasure with anything short of being marched off to my death, and as someone always willing to take criticism to heart, I hasten to add I am happy to play for any conductor with a pulse and enough fingers to grip a baton. And yet, I wish Maestro Chung good health, wherever he is.