Michael Francis, conductor
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Crozier: Splendor Fountain*
Smetana: Ma Vlast (The Moldau)
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
In a concert that focuses on the greatest masterpieces of Czech composers, Maximilian Hornung returns to perform Dvorak’s only Cello Concerto, one of the greatest love songs ever written. Michael Francis sees the piece not just as a concerto, but as a personal reflection on unrequited love, full of joy and heartbreak. “The cello being deeper, like a male voice, there’s a real sense of speaking, and this one above all concerti, is a personal poem of love. I think that’s a very powerful image,” Francis says.
Also on the program is a work that’s rarely heard because it’s so massive: Janacek’s bold and brassy showstopper Sinfonietta – with 12 trumpets! “It’s a huge, epic, sonic experience that is truly spectacular,” Francis says. “It’s a one-in-a-lifetime kind of piece to hear.”
In The Moldau, Smetana depicts his homeland through the swirling river Moldau.
*The Florida Orchestra will premiere five short celebratory fanfares written by faculty composers from universities around the state for its Florida Fanfare Project. The debut works add a true Florida flair to TFO’s 50th anniversary celebration while supporting new music and showcasing the extraordinary talent in the state.
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)