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  • Sat, May 20, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, May 21, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

Wagner’s Ring Without Words: Masterworks

In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Michael Francis leads TFO’s first-ever performance of Wagner’s The Ring Without Words. Wagner’s Ring cycle of operas typically takes about 15 hours to perform over several days, but this version by Lorin Maazel is an ingenious synthesis of all the greatest music – including Ride of the Valkyries – into an orchestral tour de force lasting just over an hour. We will provide the narrative onscreen so you can follow along with the epic saga. Rounding out the program is Dejan Lazic in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a powerful, dramatic work that perfectly sets up the journey through the Wagner.

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En una experiencia unica de la vida, Michael Francis dirige su primera presentacion de The Ring Without Words de Wagner. El ciclo de operas del Anillo de Wagner suele tardar 15 hors en presentarse durante varios dias, pero esta version de Lorin Maazel es una sintesis ingeniosa de toda la mejor musica, incluyendo La Cabalgata de las Valquirias, en un tour de force orquestal que dura poco mas de una hora. Proposionaremos la narrativa en pantalla para seguir la saga epica. Completando el programa, Dejan Lazic en el Concierto para Piano No. 20 de Mozart, una obra poderosa y dramatica que establece a la perfeccion el viaje a traves de Wagner.

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Wolfgang A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
I. Allegro
II. Romanza
III. Rondo: Allegro assai
Dejan Lazić, piano

– Intermission –

Richard Wagner
The Ring Without Words ♫
Orchestral Highlights from The Ring of the Nibelung
Compiled by Lorin Maazel (1930-2014)

Das Rhinegold
(The Rhine Gold)
The Twilight at the Bottom of the Rhine
A Glimpse of Vahalla, Castle of the Gods
Alberich’s Cave: the Nibelung Horde
Donner Summons a Thunderstorm

Die Walküre
(The Valkyrie)
Siegmund’s Loving Gaze
Siegmund & Sieglinde’s Flight
Wotan’s Rage
Ride of the Valkyries
Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music

Wotan, Mime and the Dragon
Siegfried Forges the Magic Sword
Forest Murmurs: Song of the Woodbird
Siegfried Slays the Dragon
The Dragon’s Lament

(Twilight of the Gods)
Dawn (Siegfried & Brünnhilde)
Siegfried’s Journey to the Rhine
Hagen’s Call to his Clan
Siegfried and the Rhine Maidens
Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music
Brünnhilde’s Immolation

Dejan Lazić plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

♫ Music represented by European American Music Distributors, LLC for Schott Music

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Printable Program

Click here for a printable version of the repertoire and program notes.

Audio Program Notes

Listen to the audio version of the program notes, with music excerpts.

A sneak peek with Michael Francis

Take a stroll down Tampa Bay with Music Director Michael Francis as he ‘walks’ us through some of the epic moments in Wagner’s Ring Without Words.

A master of Mozart in the minor

It’s such a rare and dramatic occasion when Mozart composes in the minor key. Think Don Giovanni and the Requiem. His sublime Piano Concerto No. 20 will be in the hands of a true expert, Dejan Lazić, this weekend with TFO. Read an interview on TFO’s Blog.

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Pre-Concert Conversations

Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. 

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TFO is grateful to The Cassaly Foundation and Linda and Joe Cassaly for their generosity as patrons, donors and sponsors of this concert and TFO musician Ansel Norris.

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  • Sat, May 20, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, May 21, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

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