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  • Fri, Jan 19, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, Jan 20, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6: Masterworks

Tchaikovsky packs a lot of emotion into his Sixth: “Without exaggeration, I have put my entire soul into this symphony.” It would become his requiem, a last will and testament of a composer whose music comes so directly from the heart. Recently named Young Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards, Stella Chen performs Barber’s Violin Concerto – lush and lyrical before finishing with a ride wild at breakneck speed. The evening begins with a meditative arrangement of Valentin Silvestrov’s Prayer for Ukraine. Earl Lee conducts.

For every Masterworks concert, Michael Francis has personally chosen a surprise “mystery piece” to enhance the live experience. What will it be this weekend?

Classical Kids & Teens: Kids and teens ages 5-18 get in free to all Masterworks concerts with Classical Kids tickets, thanks in part to the generous support of an anonymous donor. At least one paying adult purchase is required per order, and other restrictions apply. These tickets are available in advance only through The Florida Orchestra Ticket Center. For more information and tickets, call 727.892.3337.

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Sinfonía Numero 6 de Tchaikovsky

“Me encanta como nunca antes había amado a ninguno de mis descendientes musicales”, dijo Tchaikovsky sobre su Sinfonía Numero 6, “Patética”. ¿Es la tierna y bella obra una declaración de amor prohibido? Tchaikovsky murió apenas 10 días después de dirigir el estreno en 1893. El Concierto Lírico para Violín de Barber está en manos de la violinista premiada internacionalmente Stella Chen, y la velada comienza con un arreglo meditativo de la Oración por Ucrania de Valentin Silvestrov. Earl Lee dirige.

¡”Prima – Bonus”! Para cada concierto de Masterworks, Michael Francis ha elegido personalmente una “pieza misteriosa” sorpresa para mejorar la experiencia en vivo. ¿Qué será este fin de semana?

Valentin Silvestrov
(b. 1937)
Arr. Eduard Resatch
Prayer for Ukraine (arr. for Chamber Orchestra)

Samuel Barber
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op.14 ♫
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto in moto perpetuo
Stella Chen, violin

– Intermission –

Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)
I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro con grazia
III. Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso

♫ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Samuel Barber is presented from G. Schirmer, Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, copyright owners.
* Mystery piece rental by European America Music Distributors, Corp.

Printable Program

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

On the Blog

Exhausted and feeling down, Gramophone’s 2023 Young Artist of the Year Stella Chen found inspiration in Barber’s Violin Concerto. Read the interview on TFO’s Blog.

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.

Audio Program Notes

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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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  • Fri, Jan 19, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, Jan 20, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

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