Night and Day: Wednesday, August 25, 2004
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Symphonies 6, Opera 1

By Leonard Eureka

If Tchaikovsky warms your heart, then you’ll be happy with the generous serving of the popular Russian coming up this weekend at Bass Hall. It’s all part of the Fort Worth Symphony’s annual series in which four programs are devoted to one composer.

All six of his symphonies will be offered, with numbers One and Four opening the series Thursday, followed by Two and Five Friday, and Three and Six Saturday. A concert version of the opera Eugene Onegin concludes the festival on Sunday.

Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya chose the concert version in part because “that’s the way it originally appeared,” he said. “It was later expanded for the opera house.” Trying to choose something suitable from Tchaikovsky’s lengthy instrumental concertos gave way to the operatic solution. And because Onegin isn’t heard that often, it adds novelty to an otherwise solid orchestral series.

Baritone Philip Cutlip sings the title role. Heard here during last season’s Mendelssohn Festival singing the Prophet in the oratorio Elijah, he will be joined by several other soloists and the Fort Worth Symphony Festival Chorus. Costumes and scenery will be dropped for this pared-down production.

In addition to Fort Worth duties this season, Harth-Bedoya is guest-conducting the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, the Cologne Radio Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New Zealand. To round out his dizzying schedule, he’ll soon be conducting Verdi’s Macbeth in his native Lima, Peru, for the National Opera, and Osvaldo Golijov’s new opera Ainadamar in Santa Fe, with superdiva Dawn Upshaw in the starring role.

The Tchaikovsky Festival runs 8pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun in Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. $9-44. 817-665-6000.


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