A “Winter’s Tale” with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and cellist Julie Albers

Illustration-From-The-Winters-Tale-By-William-Shakespeare-1564-1616-C.19007:30 pm • Saturday, December 20th 2014
3:00 pm • Sunday, December 21st 2014
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Troy, NY

Winter begins this Sunday at 6:03 PM EST. With it comes much beauty, fun, and romance for many. Yet for others, winter is a foreboding and dark time of year often associated with tragedy or sadness. Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale walks the line of both tragedy and comedy such that it is referred to as one of his “problem plays.” It can’t be nicely categorized as either with its packaging of psychological drama, comedy, romance, and a happy ending.

Under the direction of maestro David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony Orchestra aptly names this weekend’s program “The Winter’s Tale.” It’s a program that offers the stately and ceremonious sounds found in J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 and Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto in g minor to the playful delight in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. And it, no doubt, draws upon the premiere of Michael Torke’s Shakespeare inspired cello concerto entitled The Winter’s Tale featuring the newly appointed principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Julie Albers.

While Torke states that this cello concerto is not based on Shakespeare’s play, he does acknowledge* that it is “nevertheless is inspired by lines from the play: from moody winter thoughts, through warmer and more redemptive springtime feelings.”

Michael Torke is no stranger to Shakespeare as he has previously collaborated with stage director Barry Edelstein, one of the country’s leading Shakespearans, on productions of The Merchant of Venice at The Public Theater and The Misanthrope at Classic Stage. For Edelstein’s 2003 Off-Broadway (Classic Stage) production of The Winter’s Tale, recently reprised earlier this year at The Old Globe in San Diego, Torke wrote original music which has been described as a “powerful” and “superb jazz-tinged piano score.” Bringing such an intimacy for the play, it will be interesting to hear what Torke has written for, as the composer describes, “the melancholic yet singing richness of the solo cello’s sound.”*

Most certainly looking forward to hearing the Albany Symphony’s thoughtful and inspired program! We hope you get to one of the two performance this weekend at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

* from Michael Torke program note for The Winter’s Tale

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