29 July 2011
Bolívars and Dudamel embark on European tour
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela embark on a five-concert, three-country tour of Europe this summer, beginning on August 1 at the Salzburg Festival with a concert at the historic Felsenreitschule. For this first performance, the conductor and orchestra perform Tchaikovsky's three Shakespeare-inspired orchestral fantasies, featuring narrations by the noted Shakespearean actor Simon Callow. Dudamel and the Bolívars also recorded this repertoire on their most recent offering with Deutsche Grammophon, Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare. For a second concert at the Salzburg Festival on August 3, this time at the Grosses Festspielhaus, they perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," with soloists Miah Persson, soprano, and Anna Larsson, contralto. The concert is being presented as part of the festival's "Mahler Scenes" series, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the composer's death.
Following the Salzburg performances, Dudamel and the Bolívars bring the Mahler program to London for an already sold-out appearance at the 2011 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on August 5. The performance will be aired live on BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on television August 6 on BBC Two and August 28 on BBC Four. For the final concerts on their European tour, Dudamel and the Bolívars travel to Istanbul, Turkey for performances on August 8 and 9 at the Haliç Congress Center. The first program features Tchaikovsky's three Shakespeare-inspired orchestral fantasies in addition to the composer's Francesca da Rimini, and the second program includes works by Ravel, Castellanos, Chavez, and Stravinsky.
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