P.D.Q. Bach Premiere; Lutoslawski Showpiece

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 4pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue West, Roseville, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

P.D.Q. Bach – 1712 Overture
P.D.Q. Bach – Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra (Twin Cities premiere)
Witold Lutoslawski – Concerto for Orchestra

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel joins the MSO for a concert that straddles musical polar opposites: the worlds of hilarious, parodic humor and profound, granitic depth. Biegel is the featured soloist in the local premiere of the concerto whose discovery he recently commissioned from Ames, Iowa’s own Prof. Peter Schickele: the P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742)? Concerto for Simply Grand Piano. The program opens with P.D.Q. Bach’s well-known “musical assault,” the 1712 Overture. After intermission, William Schrickel and the MSO turn to Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski’s weighty and virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra, a dazzling symphonic showpiece composed between 1950 and 1954 and given its American premiere in 1958 under the baton of conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, former Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra.