Argento & Rimsky: Russian Letters and Arabian Nights

Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4pm
St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano
Jake Endres, baritone
Dominick Argento, composer

Dominick Argento – A Few Words About Chekhov
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff – Scheherazade, op. 35

This concert celebrates the 2016 appointment of Dominick Argento as Composer Laureate of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Mezzo soprano Clara Osowski and baritone Jake Endres return to the MSO’s stage with conductor William Schrickel to present the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy© Award-winner Argento’s A Few Words About Chekhov, a 1994 song cycle that poignantly traces the relationship between the great Russian playwright and his wife, actress Olga Knipper, with texts taken from letters and diary entries of the couple. Scheherazade, one of the most popular, lyrical, and dramatic works in all of Russian orchestral music, is a virtuoso symphonic showpiece inspired by wondrous tales recounted by the titular Sultana to her husband over the course of 1001 nights.

Jake Endres, narrator

Jake Endres, baritone

Dominick Argento

Dominick Argento, composer