Herold: Overture to ZAMPA
Two symphonic pieces, with the winners of the LSO’s 2017 CONDUCTOR WANNABE Competition
Schumann: Symphony No.1, “Spring”
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 —
ILYA YAKUSHEV, piano
Jean-Louis Herold’s rollicking Overture to his 1831 opera, ZAMPA, again provides a slight French accent to our evening celebrating the coming of Spring, and the spirit of La Crosse! Every year, the LSO’s “Conductor Wannabe” Competition grows and grows in its level of support for both our Symphony and other deserving non-profit institutions; and once again, the two top fundraisers will try to outdo one another in their newly-acquired conducting skills!
Robert Schumann’s Symphony in B-flat major, subtitled “Spring” by the composer himself, remains one of the finest flowers of the German Romantic style of the early 19th century, full of festive outbursts and winsome melodies.
We wrap up the evening with one of the most deservedly popular of all late-Romantic piano concertos: Tchaikovsky’s First, with its immortal opening tune and non-stop virtuoso pyrotechnics! Who better to play it for us than the brilliant young ILYA YAKUSHEV, the LSO’s favorite Russian wizard of the keys.