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March 19, 2017, at 3:00 pm

Massapequa Philharmonic

Beethoven | Overture to "Egmont"
Brahms | Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

Anna Lee, Violin

 

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Stravinsky The Rite of Spring / Bartók Concerto for Orchestra / David Bernard / Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

May 16, 2016

Stravinsky | The Rite of Spring
Bartók | Concerto for Orchestra

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GRAMOPHONE CD REVIEW: Stravinsky/Bartók: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony conducted by David Bernard

“Committed and forceful traversals of these formidable scores…Bernard is sensitive to both the eerie and the jubilant aspects that make [Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra] such a singular experience.”  –Donald Rosenberg

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David BernardFebruary 27th, 2017 at 5:35pm
STRAVINSKY FIREBIRD SUITE (1919): After the listener is seduced by an alluring and passionate Berceuse, a disorienting mist of chromaticism leads us to a lyrical horn solo that marks the beginning of the work's Finale. Here we have one of the most exhilarating moments in music--the intensity builds constantly, note by note, phrase by phrase as the pacing speeds and our heart beats race. Just at the breaking point, the motion is stopped suddenly by an explosive string tremolo followed by a stately brass chorale that the leads us to the final chord. As this seemingly endless final chord grows with an almost unlimited intensity, we can't help but wish it would go on forever...

The overall sweep of this work has never failed to send chills down my spine since I was a student.
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