Christmas in Vienna showcases the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs, and holiday favorites.
Robert Spano - Conductor
Benjamin Beilman - Violin
Debussy - “The Sunken Cathedral,” from Preludes
Higdon - Violin Concerto
Higdon - blue cathedral
Debussy - Iberia
Philadelphia’s own Jennifer Higdon, one of today’s most prominent composers, is inspired by one of her favorite composers, Claude Debussy. A leading interpreter of Higdon’s music, conductor Robert Spano pairs these two master colorists, both of whom created vibrant sound-paintings of cathedrals—one beneath the sea and one among the clouds. The program also includes Debussy’s lively Iberia, based on his impressions of Spain. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, written in 2008, won the Pulitzer Prize two years later. Higdon, a Curtis Insitute of Music graduate and currently on the faculty, named the first movement 1726, in honor of the school’s address: 1726 Locust St. (the movement also features the musical intervals 1 7 2 and 6). The lyrical second movement is followed by the finale, Fly Forward, inspired by the Olympics. The violinist—the young and supremely talented Benjamin Beilman, also a Curtis alum—races for the finish line (and the crowd in Verizon Hall is sure to cheer).
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