Nights in the Garden of Muffitt
|By City Pulse Staff|
The maestro picks a few plums from the 2009-‘10 season
Highlight: Pianist Christopher O’Riley and the orchestra under maestro Timothy Muffitt conjure the exquisite atmosphere of Manuel de Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.”
Highlight: Jupiter ho! Muffitt and the LSO stretch their sinews to the limit in Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, “The Planets.”
Highlight: Recent Lansing Symphony guest soloists Ilya Kaler (violin) and Amit Peled (cello) return in a doublethreat command performance to play the beautiful Brahms Double Concerto.
Highlight: Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni shows the powdered-wig classical world the doorway to Hell.
The maestro says: “That little overture was really pushing the world of music towards romanticism — a heightened level of drama and thematic exploration.”
Highlight: When Timothy Muffitt asked Itzhak Perlman whom he favored among younger violin players, Perlman named soloist Giora Schmidt, who will play American composer Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.
Highlight: Da-da-da-DOOM is just the beginning. Watch Muffitt, master of the slow build-up, turn the sky pre-tornado green before bringing the hammer down for the climax of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.