Princeton, New Jersey—On Thursday, September 15 at 8 pm, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents The Seasons — Antonio Vivaldi’s popular The Four Seasons interwoven with Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, arranged by Leonid Desyatnikov. The concert at Richardson Auditorium features Daniel Rowland as soloist and conductor, leading the PSO through Vivaldi’s vividly depicted scenery and Piazzolla’s soulful homage infused with passionate melodies and tango rhythms.
Princeton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov comments “I’m thrilled we can bring Daniel’s passionate interpretations of the Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons to Princeton. It’s going to be a wonderful concert and a great prologue to our season of creative expression.”
Vivaldi’s musical imagery was likely inspired by his travels through the Italian countryside. Sonnets meant to describe each season and its scenes are included in the Four Seasons score. Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov arranged Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for violin soloist and strings for Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, allowing the two works be performed as a set. Desyatnikov includes several quotations from Vivaldi, but due to seasons being inverted between northern and southern hemispheres, aspects of movements are likewise inverted i.e. Verano Porteño (Summer) includes elements of Vivaldi’s “Winter.”
In addition to performing The Seasons, Daniel Rowland will be playing alongside Princeton Symphony Orchestra principal musicians at the PSO’s opening chamber concert of The Schubert Octet at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) on Thursday, September 22.
Full details of all the concerts here.