The 2015-16 concert season

Since we all love little (and possibly big) lists, I thought I'd give you a list of the concerts I attended this 2015-16 season. After a slow start, things picked up in the second semester as I realized I need a regular shot of live music to keep me mentally sane.

It looks like I'm not attending anything else anymore this season. Fortunately I have the Digital Concert Hall to keep me company over the next few months. It's not the same as hearing my beloved Berliners live, but the quality of sound and image is amazing and enough to tide me over until the next concert season starts.

The dates in the list are a link to the webpage for the concert when available. At 22 concerts for the season, I think I did pretty well and I'm not sure I can repeat that for the 2016-17 season, but I will try. I can't wait to see what DePauw has to offer!

4 October 2015
The Golden Age Revived:
Emma Kirby (soprano), Jakob Linberg (lute)
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University

18 November 2015
Berliner Philarmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Beethoven: Leonore Ouverture No. 2; Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 5
Carnegie Hall, New York

19 November 2015
Around the World:
Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Christian Rivet (guitar)
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

19 November 2015
Berliner Philarmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7
Carnegie Hall, New York

10 December 2015
Princeton University Orchestra, Michael Pratt (conductor)
Schubert: Symphony No. 8, D. 759, “Unfinished”
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
with Barbara Rearick (mezzo-soprano) and Daniel Weeks (tenor)
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

12 December
New York Philharmonic, James Gaffigan (conductor)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Andrew Norman: Split (World premiere, NYPhil commission, with Jeffrey Kahane, piano)
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York

16 December 2015
The Concert before Christmas
Princeton University Wind Ensemble
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

8 January 2016
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman (conductor/violin)
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), Newark, NJ

22 January 2016
Grand Harmonie, Geoff Andrew McDonald (conductor); Julia Mintzer (director)
Full cast here
Beethoven: Fidelio (US premiere on period instruments)
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

10 19 February 2016
Shakuhachi concert (traditional Japanese bamboo flute)
Riley Lee (shakuhachi)
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University

21 February 2016
"Invitation to the Dance"
Richardson Chamber Players
Boccherini: Guitar Quintet in D Major, G. 448
Ravel: La Valse (for two pianos)
J. Strauss, arr. Schoenberg: Emperor Waltzes
M. de Falla: 7 Canciones populares españoles for Voice and Guitar
D. Milhaud: Scaramouche, op. 165b for two pianos
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

25 February 2016
"A Musical Preview"
Princeton Girl Choir Ensemble, Lynnel Joy Jenkins (conductor)

Tetzlaff Trio
Schumann: Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 80
Dvorák: Trio No. 4 in e minor, Op. 90, "Dumky"
Brahms: Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

6 March 2016
Alexander Melnikov (piano)
Shostakovich: The Complete Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

24 March 2016
"Composer's Last Words"
Escher String Quartet
Britten: String Quartet No. 3
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, "Death and the Maiden"
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

15 April 2016
New York Philharmonic, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York

23 April 2016
Princeton University Orchestra, Michael Pratt (conductor)
Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Op. 47
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

24 April 2016
Senior Recital
Paul von Autenried (piano)
Bach: Toccata in g minor, BWV 915
Prelude and Fugue in g minor from The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 861
English Suite No. 3 in g minor, BWV 808
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Franck: Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, M. 21
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University

30 April
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor)
Jessica Rivera (soprano), Nmon Ford (baritone)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Norman Mackenzie (director)

Jonathan Leshnoff: Zohar (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Carnegie Hall, New York

3 May
"Scott Burnham, A Celebration"
Paul von Autenried and Dasha Koltunyuk (piano):
Schubert: Three Military Marches, D. 733

Gabriel Crouch (bariton), Paul von Autenried (piano)
Schubert: Nacht und Träume, D. 827
Der Musensohn, D. 764

Bretano String Quartet:
Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 135

Princeton University Orchestra, Michael Pratt (conductor), with soloists from the Brentano String Quartet
Mozart: Allegro Maestoso Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364
Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

3 May
"It takes a village"
John Witherspoon Middle School Symphonic Band, Joseph B. Downey (conductor)
Princeton High School Performing Arts Center

7 May
Yefim Bronfmann (piano)Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 6 in A Major
Piano Sonata No 7 in B-flat Major
Piano Sonata No 8 in B-flat Major
Encore: Schumann: Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18

15 May
Flute studio recital

My first performance with the flute! At the end of the semester, all the students working under the same teacher show off what they've learned in the past few months with a short solo piece. I played a piece from J.S. Bach adapted for flute, from his English Suite No. 3 in g minor, BWV 808 (Apple Music link)

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