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The Tragic Beauty of Brahms and Tchaikovsky

January 19, 2013 at 08:00pm • at Memorial Chapel

Why You'll Love This Concert

Co Nguyen conducts two major works from the core of 19th century Romantic canon on a concert that also includes the University of Redlands Student Concerto Competition winner. Brahms’ Tragic Overture begins the evening, which continues as pianist Anthony Ribaya joins the orchestra to present Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Our night concludes with one of the greatest, most emotionally raw symphonies ever composed, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique.

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piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, violins, violas, cellos, basses


Its uncompromising seriousness has led some to assume that the Tragic Overture may have been intended as a prelude to a stage production, perhaps Faust. This seems unlikely, since Brahms rarely showed interest in writing incidental music for anyone else’s work. Although the desire to achieve a sense of balance with the Academic Festival Overture may have played a role in its creation, the Tragic Overture was probably no more than an abstract exercise in the tradition of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture or Liszt’s Hamlet.

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solo piano, 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, timpani, snare drum, violins, violas, cellos, basses


It is especially appropriate that this year’s University of Redlands student soloist, Anthony Ribaya, will be performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2. This work was written in 1957 as a gift for the composer’s then-nineteen-year-old son Maxim (making it one of the more epic birthday gifts in recorded history). Maxim premiered the work at his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory.

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3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, violins, violas, cellos, basses


The life of Peter Tchaikovsky was simultaneously one of the most successful and one of the most tragic in all of music. He created a respected and envied body of works which included six symphonies, three piano concertos, a violin concerto, ten operas, dozens of orchestral works, numerous songs, chamber music compositions, and three of the world’s best-loved ballets.

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Young pianist Anthony Ribaya solos wi...

01/21/13 • by Betty Tyler • The Redlands Daily Facts

It was the beauty of the music that carried the evening at the Redlands Symphony's concert in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel, directed by Co Nguyen, the orchestra's assistant conductor.


Saturday evening’s concert was as good as any I have attended the Redlands Symphony in the 17 years I have purchased season tickets.

Anne-Marie McDermott’s performance was absolutely amazing, and it was a rare privilege to be in the audience to hear her perform. The orchestra rose to the occasion, as they have for every concert Maestro Wilson has conducted.

We are so fortunate to have this wonderful director, orchestra, and guest musicians play for us.

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Concert Info

Redlands Symphony 01/19/13 at 08:00pm

Memorial Chapel 1200 E. Colton Ave.Redlands, CA 92373 Get Directions


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