“Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been at the top of the classical music ‘charts,’ so to speak, for hundreds of years now,” writes Chelsey Norris in Wednesday’s (9/4) Dallas Observer. “One doesn’t even have to be familiar with classical music to recognize the piece, which was written in 1723 as a collection of concertos depicting each season of the year. Astor Piazzolla conceived his own version [The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires] a few hundred years later, in the 1960s. The work is full of Piazzolla’s signature Argentinian flair and has become a staple of the repertoire in its own right as well. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will play both works side by side as part of their ‘DSO on the GO’ concert series in various locations throughout Dallas/Fort Worth this week.” DSO Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson and Associate Concertmaster Eunice Keem will perform the solo violin roles and lead the orchestra on the conductorless program in Oak Cliff, Preston Hollow, and Plano, Texas. In an interview, Olson and Keem speak about what inspired the Vivaldi/Piazzolla pairing, musical connections between the two composers, and preparing to perform and conduct on the same program.
Posted September 5, 2019