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FAURÉ, BIZET & SAINT-SAËNS - MasterWorks

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 6, 4pm

NEW St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Friday, November 4, 7:30pm

Keitaro Harada, conductor
William Hagen, violin

Fauré: Masques et bergamasques, op. 112 TSO PREMIERE
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3
Bizet: Selections from Carmen

The third is the most popular of Camille Saint-Saëns’ three violin concertos. The music has the technical wizardry and memorable melodies that Saint-Saëns is known for in all 10 of his concertos for piano, violin and cello. Guest soloist William Hagen will perform the Third Violin Concerto with the TSO. The 23-year-old was the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, the highest ranking American since 1985. Already a seasoned international performer, Hagen has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com). This will be the first TSO performance of the concerto since 1962.

The program will open with Fauré’s Masques et bergamasques. Commissioned by Albert I, Prince of Monaco, it was composed to accompany a one-act divertissement, a danced and sung entertainment. In it, members of a commedia dell’arte troupe spy on the amorous encounters of aristocrats in its audience.

Georges Bizet’s innovative use of melody, harmony, ambience, and orchestration has made Carmen one of the most performed operas for over 100 years. Audiences become immersed in the lush beauty of the music and the pathos of the characters who are plunged into tragedy.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.