Notes from the Maestro | Double Talk

Music and theater have been intertwined dating back at the very least to the ancient Greeks.  Because of music’s particular ability to create intent and enhance drama, composers have often been lured to the creative possibilities in composing incidental music. Film scores provide much the same purpose.  Shakespeare remains arguably the most popular playwright whose works have been accompanied by the music of great composers, including three selections on the April 21st Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert. Erich Korngold is perhaps most well known for his spectacular film scores, but his brilliant incidental music to Much Ado About Nothing encapsulates his innate gift in conveying the intrigue, mistaken identity, and especially humor of Shakespeare’s great comedy. 

Nicolai Akimov’s 1932 production of Hamlet

Shostakovich was only 25 when he composed music to accompany Nicolai Akimov’s 1932 production of Hamlet. Often abounding in sarcasm and satire, it contains many unique characteristics that would mark the composer’s later scores. Considerably lighter in character is the congenial music of Welsh composer Edward German, earning him a reputation as the successor to Arthur Sullivan in English light opera.

At the center of our program this evening is a performance by two outstanding and compelling artists. The ICO is delighted to welcome the revered virtuoso Gary Karr to the Schrott stage, joined by his former student, our beloved and greatly admired principal bassist, David Murray.
— Maestro Matthew Kraemer
Saturday, April 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Double Talk
Maestro Matthew Kraemer, music director and conductor
Gary Karr and David Murray, Double Bass
Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
Korngold  Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. 11
Bloch  Prayer
Bottesini  Passione Amorosa
German  Three Dances from Henry VIII
Shostakovich  Hamlet: Incidental Music, Op. 32aTickets: $35 adults; $12 students; Group Discounts Available
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