Highland Park Strings
February 12, 2012
Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia
December 13 2009
For tickets, call 847.831.3622
The Strings' annual benefit in the intimate and acoustically superb Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia always brings stellar artists to center stage. Soprano Michelle Areyzaga, an alumna of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute is well known in Chicago and abroad for her vocal versatility. In the music of Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, which marries folk music with the style of J.S. Bach, Areyzaga's artistry has a remarkable vehicle. Israeli cellist and recording artist Amit Peled, in his third appearance with the Strings, will perform Victor Herbert's Cello Concerto No. 2, considered the composer's classical masterpiece, although the Irish-born composer-cellist is best known for his operettas and works for the musical theater. It is this concerto that is said to have been the inspiration for Dvorak's Cello Concerto. Close connections continue with Dvorak's Symphony from the "New World," in which the romantic composer juxtaposes indigenous American folk music with the spirit of his native Bohemia.
"Of the vocal soloists, the most impressive singing came from the ever-dependable soprano Michelle Areyzaga in a radiant and fluent "Laudamus te" as well as in her Christe eleison" duet."
- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
"The flair of the young Rostropovich"
- American Record Guide
"a gleaming voice and tone suffused with light"
- Chicago Sun-Times
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 30
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor,
Op. 95 ("New World")