INTERMISSION MUSIC SERIES

“INTERMISSION” MUSIC SERIES

South Florida Symphony keeps the music playing by bringing the music to the community via Facebook and YouTube with its INTERMISSION MUSIC SERIES, featuring Thursday afternoon livestream recital concerts, Saturday night music movie watch parties, full-length concert recordings that have never been shared with the public, messages from our musicians and more.
While the virus is keeping us apart physically, music is bringing us together. As we have seen over the past few weeks, people around the world are turning to music for healing and happiness — the transformative power of music is undeniable. We join in this celebration with our INTERMISSION MUSIC SERIES.
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Enjoy our latest video: Tchaikovsky's "Fate"

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IT’S MUSIC MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO! Jacqueline du Pré was one of the greatest cellists of all time; however, her international career was cut short by Multiple Sclerosis – she stopped playing cello at the age of 28 and died at the age of 42 in 1987. Jacqueline du Pré: A Gift Beyond Words, compiled by Christopher Nupen’ from the five prize-winning films he made during her lifetime, pays tribute to her on the 30th anniversary of her death.

SFSO presents a livestream recital featuring Huifang Chen on violin and Tao Lin on piano, Intermission Music Series favorites, who have both previously appeared with pianist Catherine Lan. Coming live from their living room, enjoy Tchaikovsky’s charming Melodie; Ponce’s Mexican love song, Estrellita; Brahms’ Sonata for violin and piano in G major, also called the “Rain Sonata”, and Kreisler’s popular showpiece, Tambourin Chinois which he described as “a free fantasy in the Chinese manner.”

Program:
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Melodie
Manuel Ponce (arr. Heifetz) | Estrellita
Johannes Brahms | Sonata for violin and piano in G major
Fritz Kreisler | Tambourin Chinois

 

In Part 2 of Christopher Nupen’s film series on Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, called “Fate”, the focus shifts to Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary relationship with Nadezhda von Meck; the most important in his life, after his mother, as well as his increasing concern with the idea of fate as a controlling influence in his own life and as a motivating force in his later symphonies. What he did not know, despite all his concern and forebodings, was that fate would overtake him, at the age of 53, more tragically than even Tchaikovsky could have foreseen. What’s so compelling about Nupen’s films is that they do not use actors to represent the composer, but are made entirely of Tchaikovsky’s own words and music, plus the words of a few of his closest companions.

Returning to the Intermission Music Series by popular demand, concert pianists Catherine Lan and her husband Tao Lin (also known as Duo Beaux Arts), perform a collection of piano duets, duos and solo works — including one of Chopin’s more popular pieces that you may recognize from 2002 film The Pianist; a set of three dances by Ginastera, one of the leading Latin American composers of the 20th century; and Mendelssohn’s Allegro Brillant, considered one of the most challenging pieces in the entire piano duet repertoire. The livestream concert opens with Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos … did you know that listening to this work has been shown to improve mental function, leading to what is known as the “Mozart Effect”?

Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart |Two movements from Sonata for Two Pianos in D major
“Allegro con spirito”
“Molto Allegro”

Frederic Chopin | Ballade No. 1 in G minor

Alberto Ginastera | Danzas Argentinas
“Danza del Viejo Boyero”
“Danza de la Moza Donosa”
“Danza del Gaucho Matrero”

Felix Mendelssohn | Andante and Allegro Brilliant

The “king of the music documentary”, Christopher Nupen, directed a 2-part series on Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky that uses music and commentary by Tchaikovsky, as well as by some of his closest companions (rather than actors), to document his life. The first film, “Tchaikovsky’s Women”, looks at the women both in his private life and in his early music. Almost all his best early work was inspired by deep identification with the plight of his suffering young heroines, so much so that it spilled over repeatedly into his personal life with dramatic consequences. This predilection began, when Tchaikovsky was 24 years old with Katerina Kabanova in The Storm, and continued with Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Odette in Swan Lake and, above all, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. All these young women make appearances in the film.

SFSO pianist, Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin brings you “The Music You Love”, featuring a variety of thrilling works that will bring you joy and make your heart sing. Be swept away by Broadway hits, sultry tango, ballet classics and more. “When we listen to our beloved music, the blood dances in our veins and in our hearts,” said Sofiya. “It helps us forget all the problems in our lives and allows us to simply enjoy the moment.”

Have questions for Sofiya? She’ll be chatting live with you during the broadcast.

Program:
Aram Khachaturian | Sabre Dance
Classical Medley
Jewish folk song Hava Nagila
Stephen Sondheim | Send in the Clowns
Mitch Leigh | The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
Manuel de Falla | Ritual Fire Dance
Carlos Gardel | Por una Cabeza
Astor Piazzolla | Libertango
George Gershwin Medley
Antonio Vivaldi | “Storm” from The Four Seasons

About Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin
Originally from Siberia, phenomenal pianist Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin was granted an “Einstein visa” and subsequently American citizenship due to her superlative achievements in the music field.

She has performed with great success throughout the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy and Austria. Her YouTube channel has become very popular in promoting classical music around the world, with many videos of her live performances. Modern composers from all over the world have dedicated their music to her, and she has performed numerous world premieres.

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’s concerts have been described by critics as “a festival of all the senses,” “a magic ride on the witch’s broom” and “brilliant technique with soul.”

SATURDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC MOVIE NIGHT WITH SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY! Join your SFSO friends on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel as we watch Mademoiselle, about Nadia Boulanger, one of the most respected conductors and teachers of all time. Boulanger (1887–1979) was the first woman to conduct an entire symphony at the Royal Philharmonic in London (in 1937), the New York Philharmonic (in 1939), as well as orchestras in Boston and Philadelphia. This 1977 film, directed by Bruno Monsaingeon, reveals the force and the flavor of a character who exerted considerable influence on the musical life at the end of the 20th century.

IT’S MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO! Grab some snacks and join us on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel, as we watch a music-inspired film together.

IT’S MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO! Grab some snacks and join us on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel, as we watch a music-inspired film together.

IT’S MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO! Grab some snacks and join us on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel, as we watch a music-inspired film together.

SATURDAYS ARE MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO. Bring the snacks and join your SFSO friends on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel, as we watch Hilan Warshaw’s 2013 documentary Wagner’s Jews, the first film to focus on Richard Wagner’s complex personal relationships with his contemporary Jewish admirers and supporters. Wagner, the famous German composer known best for his romantic operas, has aroused both the most unyielding passions and the fiercest hatred alike.

Between myth and reality, this biographical documentary addresses the complex and controversial personality of the composer. Warshaw travels to Germany, Switzerland and Italy, where Wagner lived and worked. Backed by archives, reconstructions, interviews and performances of original pieces composed by contemporaries of Wagner, this film takes a documented look at the composer.

Wagner’s Jews also discusses the debate about the representation of Wagner’s works in Israel today.

SFSO artists Catherine Lan on piano and Huifang Chen on violin (of Duo Formosa) return to LIVE ON THE DRIVE – from their home – with Beethoven’s vigorous and virtuosic Violin Sonata No. 8, the Taiwanese Bang Chhun Hong, and one of technically brilliant Sarasate’s most popular, non-Spanish pieces, Introduction and Tarantella.

Program:
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30
JU SHIAN DENG, arr. TYZEN HSIAO | Bang Chhun Hong
PABLO DE SARASATE | Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

About the Artists:
Huifang Chen, a native of Taiwan, earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Miami. She is an Associate Conductor of the Florida Youth Orchestra and is on the faculty of the University of Miami and the Young Musicians’ Camp held each summer at the University of Miami.
As a soloist, Chen has appeared with the Miami Bach Society, Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, Florida Youth Orchestra, University of Miami Symphony (2003 Concerto Competition Winner), Music America Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Macomb Symphony, Oakland-Pontiac Symphony, Warren Symphony, Amber Symphony, and Taipei Symphony Orchestra (1999 Young Concert Artist of the Year) among others.

Catherine Lan is a winner of competitions including Junior Original Composition International Competition, Taiwan Classical Music Society Young Star Audition, Golden Key International Honour Society Performing Arts Showcase Award, Duane Wilder Award for Excellence in Harpsichord Playing, Canadian Broadcast Corporation National Debut, Richmond Festival Gala Grand Prize, and the nationwide Concours de Musique du Canada. Dr. Lan has concertized across the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Thailand, United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Her highly acclaimed performances have been featured at WLRN-Public Television, “Beethoven Universal TV” series, Becon TV, Fu-Hsin Broadcasting Station, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.

IT’S MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO! Pop the popcorn and join your SFSO friends on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel, as we watch The War Symphonies – Shostakovich Against Stalin together, a powerful documentary on how composer Dmitri Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphonies as a silent protest against the crimes of Joseph Stalin. During the Interwar period and World War II, Stalin dictated the Soviet Union in a bloody manner. Shostakovich couldn’t agree at all with the policies that the tyrant used, but speaking out loud was impossible — it would have cost him his life. Shostakovich found another way: art. Shot on location in Moscow and St. Petersburg, this film brings together great performances, rare archival film material and personal recollections from family and colleagues.

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Concert pianists Catherine Lan and her husband Tao Lin (also known as Duo Beaux Arts), perform a collection of piano duets (for one piano, four hands), including Claude Debussy’s charming Petite Suite; Astor Piazzolla’s tango take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, as well as one of his most popular tangos, Oblivion; and selections from Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite, which were written for the daughter of his mistress.

Program:
Debussy | Petite Suite
Piazzolla | Oblivion
Piazzolla | “Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Fauré | Selections from the Dolly Suite, Op. 56

About the Artists:
Duo Beaux Arts was formed in 2008 by internationally renowned husband and wife concert pianists Dr. Catherine Lan and Steinway Artist Tao Lin. The Duo has performed in France, Switzerland, Spain, Netherland, China, Finland, Estonia and the US to both critical and audience acclaim. The Duo specializes in music from the Baroque era to the contemporary.

Catherine Lan is a winner of competitions including Junior Original Composition International Competition, Taiwan Classical Music Society Young Star Audition, Golden Key International Honour Society Performing Arts Showcase Award, Duane Wilder Award for Excellence in Harpsichord Playing, Canadian Broadcast Corporation National Debut, Richmond Festival Gala Grand Prize, and the nationwide Concours de Musique du Canada. Dr. Lan has concertized across the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Thailand, United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Her highly acclaimed performances have been featured at WLRN-Public Television, “Beethoven Universal TV” series, Becon TV, Fu-Hsin Broadcasting Station, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.

Described by critics as possessing “Keen musical intelligence and excellent facility” (Miami Herald) as well as “opulent and romantic tone” (Fanfare), Chinese-American concert pianist and Steinway artist Tao Lin has performed in Asia, North America, and Europe. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Following the Ninth Poster

IT’S MOVIE NIGHT WITH SFSO! Grab some snacks and join us on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel, as we watch Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony together, the uplifting film by Kerry Candaele. The first of a Beethoven film trilogy, Following The Ninth is about the global impact of Beethoven’s final symphony, with stops at Tienanmen Square during the 1989 protests, in Chile, where women living under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth outside the walls of torture prisons, in Japan when each December the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often 10,000 people in the chorus. And now, with a concert for the victims of the earthquake and Tsunami. And, finally, in Germany at the Berlin Wall in December, 1989, as Leonard Bernstein performs Beethoven’s Ninth as an “Ode To Freedom”.

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Catherine Lan on piano and Huifang Chen on violin bring you some classical music beauties, including Edward Elgar’s engagement gift to his wife-to-be, Salut d’Amour; the jazzy 2nd movement of Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano, Monti’s Czárdás, with one of the most iconic openings in classical music, and more.

Program:
Elgar | Salut d’Amour
Ravel | Violin Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano, 2nd Movement
Provost | Intermezzo
Monti | Czárdás
Chopin | Nocturne
Vieuxtemps | Souvenir d’Amérique