Bernstein — Candide Overture
Theron Kirk — Kaleidoscope (Commissioned for the opening
of White Concert Hall in 1968)
Liszt — Les Preludes
Rachmaninoff — Piano Concerto No. 3
with Daniel Hsu — Bronze winner of the Van Cliburn Competition
Who better to ponder the meaning of life with than French poets and philosophers? We kick things off with Bernstein’s rousing and wild Candide Overture from his opera based on Voltaire’s comic philosophical novel, in which he ponders if we are living in the “best of all possible worlds.” We continue with Liszt’s Les Preludes, which was inspired by French poet Alphonse de Lamartine’s question, “What is life but a series of preludes to that unknown hymn whose first solemn note is intoned by death?” To round out our evening of big ideas, we will be joined by the 2017 Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist Daniel Hsu on Rachmaninoff’s enormous and virtuosic 3rd Piano Concerto. And, in honor of the 50th anniversary of White Concert Hall, we will bring back Theron Kirk’s Kaleidoscope, which was written for the Topeka Symphony’s first performance in the new hall.
What is the Meaning of Life?
- Topeka Symphony