Program notes set the stage for the performance: "A young artist falls madly in love with a woman. The obsession builds and he sees the woman everywhere, thinking about her all day and all night: experiencing fits of melancholy, aimless joy, delirious passion, rage and jealousy. His love is not returned, and after experiencing intense loneliness, he tries to poison himself. This suicide attempt was unsuccessful, instead placing him in a deep sleep where he experiences horrible nightmares. He dreams that he has killed the woman he loved, is executed for his crime and descends into hell.
This is the story of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz' best known work and one of the most important symphonies ever written. Berlioz wrote the symphony after becoming romantically obsessed with an English actress named Harriet Smithson.
As recorded by Berlioz, the whole affair epitomized romantic longing with countless love letters that went unanswered, missed encounters and reversals of fortune. During a lull in Berlioz' pursuit, when it seemed that Smithson was having an affair with her manager, Berlioz found the necessary lucidity to compose the symphony. The result is a wild ride of orchestral color, passionate melodies and thrilling music."
Rounding out the program are Barber's poignant Adagio for Strings and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Dmitri Glivinski.
Performances take place Saturday, February 7, at 8 PM and Sunday, February 8, at 3PM at All Saints Church on 230 E. 60th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues).
For tickets and information visit the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony website.
About the Artists
Dmitri Glivinski was born in the Ukraine in 1988 and began piano studies with his mother Eugenia at the age of 3 and a half. In 1994 Dmitri won First Prize in the Festival for Youth in Moscow. That spring he presented his winning program, which included works ranging from Bach to Prokofiev, in the Glinka Museum Concert Hall. In 1996 his family immigrated to the United States, settling in New York City. That year he became a student of his former piano teacher, Genya Paley. Dmitri joined the Preparatory Division of the Mannes College of Music in 1997.
In November 1998, at age 10, Dmitri made his solo recital debut at the Mannes College of Music. He was also the winner of the Mannes Preparatory Division Concerto Competition for the 1999-2000 season. In past seasons, he has played in several benefit concerts on behalf of The United Nations International School, the Libra Scope Foundation at St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and the Ronald McDonald House. In 2004, he performed twice with the Sound Symphony orchestra as a winner of its annual concerto competition, in Steinway and Merkin Halls as a winner of the American Fine Arts festival, and at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the 2004 Young Artists Piano Showcase Auditions. Additionally, performed at Weill Hall in a concert celebrating Tchaikovsky in America. He also performed a solo recital composed solely of Bach's works. In 2005 he attended the Sommerclassics festival in Vallendar, Germany, where he had master classes with Pavel Gililov and Oleg Polianski. In March 2008 he performed Mozart's D minor concerto K. 466 with the Bach Society Orchestra of Columbia University as the winner of their annual concerto competition. He is currently a third-year Bachelor of Music candidate at Mannes College of Music and is a student of Pavlina Dokovska
Founded in 1999 and now recognized as one of the finest non-professional ensembles in New York City, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony combines professional-level music making with a philanthropic mission to support public service organizations operating within New York City.
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS) members combine successful business careers with considerable accomplishment in music. Members of the orchestra include investment bankers from Goldman Sachs, Fortress Investment Group, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and RG Niederhoffer Capital Management, as well as business executives with the Associated Press, AllianceCapital, American Express, Bank of America, BMG Records, Cyan Pictures, DB Marketing Technologies, McKinsey & Company, the operations department of the New York Philharmonic, the New York Times, Pfizer, Reader's Digest, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Tommy Hilfiger. Other members are judicial law clerks and attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Wharton & Garrison; Tannenbaum Helperin; and Cowan DeBaets, while others are officials in City and State government agencies and the United Nations.
Well schooled in the performing arts, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony members include alumni of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, The Mannes College of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music, as well as former members of professional orchestras.