Pictures at an Exhibition
October 19-21 | 2018
Giancarlo Guerrero CONDUCTS
Leonidas Kavakos VIOLIN
Night on Bald Mountain
Violin Concerto No. 1
Pictures at an Exhibition
The vividness of Pictures at an Exhibition stands in sharp contrast to the bravado of Night on Bald Mountain. In Shostakovich’s portentous First Violin Concerto you feel the oppressive threat under which he struggled.
“Kavakos was the soloist, superbly articulate and incisive, yet rapturously lyrical.” The Guardian
Come early this weekend to see our own Musician's Pictures at an Exhibition gallery. Plus, take your own photo with props for our digital gallery wall contest. Tag us on Instgram using hashtag #DSOPictures for a chance to win tickets to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty!
These performances will feature LiveNote, interactive concert notes delivered to your mobile device. To use LiveNote, download the DSO app from your device’s app store. LiveNote will appear in real time during the performance of the piece.
This weekend's Pictures at an Exhibition concerts will include a performance of the work Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. DSO loyal fan and local Dallas artist Mike Lopez, a.k.a Mike ink, is helping us all get into the spirit with a sketch of the iconic image associated with this fan favorite.
- Guerrero Brings Insight (and showmanship) to DSO’s Russian Program
by Wayne Lee Gay, Texas Classical Review
Giancarlo Guerrero conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in an all-Russian program Saturday night.
Two reliable crowd-pleasers bookend a dark 20th-century masterpiece in this weekend’s all-Russian program by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. All parties involved—guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, violin soloist Leonidas Kavakos, and the orchestra—turned in solid performances at Meyerson Symphony Center, including some surprising new insights into an overly-familiar work.
Giancarlo Guerrero, who is currently music director of the Nashville Symphony, began his professional musical career in the U.S. a few miles down the freeway as an undergraduate percussion major at Baylor University. The Costa Rican-born conductor opened the concert with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain (orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov), a work familiar to a broad audience through its presence in the 1940 version of Fantasia. Guerrero immediately threw in a strong dose of showmanship, searchingly surveying the orchestra before lifting his arm for the downbeat (and, incidentally, conducting without baton or score).
He immediately proved himself to be more than just a showman, however. Beneath the visual podium emoting, there was a clean, baton-less technique, and the orchestra responded with a neat precision that it hasn’t consistently demonstrated under this season’s string of guest conductors. Guerrero also has clearly latched onto the acoustic possibilities of Meyerson Symphony Center: it’s an excellent room for orchestral music, but guest conductors have to quickly adapt to the particular characteristics involved. Guerrero did just that, exploring tone qualities and achieving an ideal balance at all times.
Greek-born violinist Leonidas Kavakos, who will be conducting and playing violin on next week’s concerts, presented a solid, low-vibrato but grippingly expressive tone in Shostakovich’s somber Violin Concerto No. 1. His opening notes emerged resolutely from the brief introductory theme in the cellos. An almost grim restraint characterized much of Kavakos’s performance, effectively framing the bursts of anger and passion that occasionally break through this often bleak musical landscape.