Brad Lubman, conductor
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Phil Myers used to say that every time he played Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, he would have to start preparing the solo a month ahead of time, just to make sure he had it in the groove. I’ve performed Oliver Knussen’s Songs Without Words a few times now. Preparing for these concerts makes me understand that sentiment, clearly. The piece, despite being in four movements, can’t be more than 15 minutes long. However, there are lots of hornistic acrobatics to be executed. I’ll do my best!
The Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium - 8pm