O’ROURKE’S PEAK CELLARS MASTERWORKS I
BRYAN CHENG | CELLO
BRYAN CHENG | CELLO
Kelowna: Friday, October 18, 2019; 7:30pm
Penticton: Saturday, October 19, 2019; 7:30pm
Vernon: Sunday, October 20, 2019; 7:00pm
John Estacio Frenergy
Antonin Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35
We kick off our 60th anniversary with the return of the legendary “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello to our stages, now in the hands of Bryan Cheng. He will be performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, one of the greatest ever written. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade shines the spotlight on our own concertmaster, Rachel Kristenson, playing solo cadenzas inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights.
There are only about 55 Stradivarius cellos in the world, making them worth even more than the famous Stradivarius violin. (This one is currently valued at $14,000,000.)
John Estacio’s Frenergy was originally intended as the final Scherzo for his Triple Concerto. The title comes from an amalgamation of the words “frenetic” and “energy” and the music pulses with exhilaration, perfect to open our anniversary season.
Rimsky-Korsakov was mostly self-taught as an orchestrator but is considered to be one of the greatest ever. His commitment to music was so great that when he boarded a military ship for a three-year tour as an 18-year old naval officer, he purchased a piano to haul along with him.
I LOVE ALL THREE WORKS ON THIS PROGRAM because they are so visceral - breathtaking in virtuosity and heartbreaking in beauty. One of my favourite moments is near the beginning of the symphonic suite Scheherazade, where Sinbad’s Ship is depicted on the high seas and the orchestra is practically swaying from the rhythm of the sea. Thrilling!
Bryan Cheng [currently playing the ca. 1696 ‘Bonjour’ Stradivarius] has shown A DEPTH OF SENSITIVITY AND MATURITY that will secure him a distinctive place in the world of classical music.