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The Apollo Orchestra in concert with NSO cellist, Steven Honigberg

The Apollo Orchestra’s season finale, featuring NSO cellist, Steven Honigberg

Friday June 8, 2018 at 7:30pm
5607 Massachusetts Ave.  Bethesda, MD  20816
From Claude Debussy’s evocative Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, to Jean Sibelius’ expansive Symphony No. 5, this concert by The Apollo Orchestra presents music at the crossroads of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Considered by many to be Debussy’s most popular work, “Afternoon of a Faun” (premiered in 1894) lifts a shimmering curtain on 20th century timbre and tonality…both to be fully realized in the groundbreaking music of composers like Ravel and Stravinsky.
The ravages of World War I left Europe with a sense of great uncertainty and sadness.  Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 captures that sense of mournful introspection.  Written and premiered in 1919, but then largely forgotten until it’s revival in the 1960s by the great British cellist, Jacqueline du Pré, the E minor Cello Concerto is now a treasured mainstay of the repertoire, and a fitting elegy to one of the darkest hours in modern history.
For nearly two hundred years symphonic form remained essentially unchallenged and unchanged. In the context of WWI and the resulting Finnish Civil War, Jean Sibelius felt compelled to both challenge and change this stylistic monarchy.  His Symphony No. 5 (from 1915–final revision in 1919), considered by some at its premiere to be aberrant in form, now stands as a titan of 20th century symphonic possibility.
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Steven Honigberg
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
                                   (Ardyth Scott, flute solo)
EDWARD ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
                                     (Steven Honigberg, cello)
JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5
 Apollo Flyer:Stephen Honigberg:8 June, 2018




All Apollo concerts are made possible by the vision and generosity of the Downing Family Foundation.