"From Broadway to the Bolshoi" - Symphony Concert
Benjamin Engeli, piano
Philippe Bach, Conductor
Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of the Grisons
In this second symphony concert, friends of concertante light music are not only welcome, but also in good hands: George Gershwin's "Piano Concerto in F Major" from 1925 and especially Dmitri Shostakovich's "Suite for Variety Orchestra" from the 1950s with the famous "Waltz No. 2" are now among the most popular compositions for entertainment orchestras and are an integral part of all request concerts. While the Broadway star Gershwin proves his qualities as a serious composer of classical solo concertos with his "Concerto in F" (as it is called in the original), the innocuous film and variety music is a way for the former silent film pianist Shostakovich to earn a living without fear of censorship and repression by the Soviet regime. As a respected state composer with international appeal, he has been under special scrutiny for decades.
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Piano Concerto in F major
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1 (formerly "Jazz Suite No. 2")
Engadinstrasse 44, 7000 Chur
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