The artistic director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Janna Hymes, had a specific plan for the opening of the 2021-22 season at the Palladium of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
âI wanted to open the program with two very different pieces that are both very popular and will attract people,â Hymes said.
The CSO will open its Masterworks series on October 9 with Rachmaninoff’s âPiano Concerto No. 2 in C minorâ, ââfollowed by Beethoven’s âFifth Symphonyâ.
âAfter COVID, it’s important to bring the community together in a safe and healthy environment and we can share the beautiful,â Hymes said. âThis season is all about the diversity of music and the contribution of the community. These pieces are very popular. You don’t even have to love orchestral music to recognize and love it.
Guest pianist Orion Weiss will be featured in âPiano Concerto No. 2 in C Minorâ.
âOrion has been on my list to bring and work with me for a long time,â Hymes said. âI actually heard him play in Maine this summer. He was playing in a chamber music group. I always wanted to work with him. His name has been on my radar for a long time. He is a first-rate musician. He’s been with a lot of big orchestras.
Hymes said that Beethoven’s âFifth Symphonyâ is very recognizable.
âIt’s balanced and symmetrical,â Hymes said. Rachmaninoff is lush and romantic and much more emotional in an expressive way. Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’ is also emotional, but in a very different way. live music. â
Hymes said the musicians feed off the excitement and energy of a live audience.
âWe missed it, we need it, and we all plan to go back to what we know and love best – and that is playing exceptional music in front of a large and grateful crowd,â she said. .
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