On last Tuesday June 12, the Annual Young Persons’ Concert attracted a wonderful crowd who enjoyed the performance of Francis Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Babar, the little elephant, with the Texas Festival Orchestra conducted by Emilio Colon and James VanDemark as the narrator.
On Saturday June 16, our guest conductor from Portugal, Pedro Carneiro, made vibrant debuts at Round Top, conducting Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. A very tricky and delicate program. Because of a temporary injury sustained by Michelle Baker, who was to play the horn in the Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Orchestra, James Dick accepted graciously to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23: his performance was a pure delight! The energetically conveyed performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony brought the audience to its feet.
Our next conductor, Christoph Campestrini, who conducted a great performance of Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony in 2011, has arrived and will lead the Texas Festival Orchestra to another summit: Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony. Do not miss it!
We continue our celebration of Claude Debussy anniversary with the complete performance of his sonatas for various instruments with James Dick, piano; Carol Wincenc, flute; Paula Page, harp; Stefan Milenkovich, violin; Brett Deubner, viola and Emilio Colon, cello (Saturday June 23 at 1:30 pm in the Festival Concert Hall.) At night, a unique combination of Brahms, Tournier, Elisha (an intriguing piece for bass solo with James VanDemark) and Poulenc is quite an appetizing smorgasboard!