Bach, Bloch & Don Quixote
ARTISTS Rafael Payare, conductor Alisa Weilerstein, cello Chi-Yuan Chen, viola REPERTOIRE J.S. BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069 BLOCH: Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra J.S. BACH/WEBERN: Ricercare No. 2 from Musical Offering, BWV 1079 R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote, Op. 35 Please join us 45 minutes before the concert for "What's the Score?", a lively talk about the composers and the repertoire given by commentator Nuvi Mehta from the stage of Copley Symphony Hall. ABOUT Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is our “narrator” in two works that seek to find meaning in life. Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo gives musical voice to the wise words of King Solomon in the Bible: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Richard Strauss casts the cello as the quirky Don Quixote and the viola as his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza in the famous tale of the man of La Mancha and his quest to bring chivalry to the world. Two works of transcendent elegance by Johann Sebastian Bach round out our evening’s tale.