All-Star Orchestra

Updated Thu, Oct 10, 2013 3:55 pm

ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA delivers "masterpieces for the masses," helping viewers enjoy, explore and experience the celebrated classical music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Mahler. The educational and entertaining eight-part series features the world-class talents of the All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of top players who gathered together in August 2012 for a one-week recording "summit." Each one-hour episode pairs the All-Star Orchestra's performance of a popular symphonic score with a new work by a contemporary American composer, including Philip Glass. These inspiring, all-ages concerts, filmed in New York's historic The Grand at Manhattan Center, are supplemented with illuminating interviews with the conductor, musicians, composers and special guests.

November 1

Igor Stravinsky: Suite from the Firebird
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
Bright Sheng: Prelude to Black Swan
The legendary impresario Serge Diaghilev of Les Ballet Russes commissioned from Stravinsky and Ravel some of the greatest music for the ballet. His influence stretched from St. Petersburg to Paris to the New York City Ballet, founded by Diaghilev’s collaborator Georges Balanchine. Former NYCB Composer in Residence Bright Sheng captures the beauty of the dance with his Prelude to Black Swan.

November 8
“What Makes a Masterpiece?”
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Philip Glass: Harmonium Mountain
This program will be an exploration of the creative process, tracing the genesis of Beethoven’s iconic symphony and the development of a new work by a modern master.  Interactive features will show how short rhythmic and melodic motives evolve into vast symphonic organisms.  Interviews will include leading Beethoven scholars and the All-Star musicians.

November 15
“The New World and Its Music”

Antonin Dvořák:  Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich:  Avanti!
Inspired by American dreams and legends,  Dvořák  created some of his greatest works while living in the United States; above all, the “New World” Symphony.  This program will investigate the multiple stories and influences – Native American, African-American, and Czech –that Dvořák transformed in his most forward-looking symphony.  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Avanti! offers a contemporary interpretation of the American archetype of “moving on.”  Commentators will include author Joseph Horowitz, Dvořák expert Michael Beckerman and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich