Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Hai-Ye Ni - Cello
Borodin - Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations, for cello and orchestra
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings
Balakirev - Islamey
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru is joined by Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni for the great Rococo Variations, a showpiece for cello and orchestra. And in this season’s collection of serenades, Tchaikovsky’s expressive Serenade for Strings features that glorious sound of the Philadelphia strings. The Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin are both thunderous and sensuous, including a melody made famous by the popular Broadway song “Stranger in Paradise” from Kismet. Originally composed for solo piano, Balakirev’s Islamey closes the program.