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The Living Art Form
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Joseph Schwantner, 1943-, Samuel Jones, 1924-1981 and Richard Danielpour, 1956-; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by Wang Xiayin, fl. 2011-2015, Yevgeny Kutik, fl. 2013 and Julian Schwarz, 1991-, All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
This program will focus on the soloist's role, the instruments, and the composer's juxtaposition of soloist with orchestra. Outstanding young soloists and leading American composers will be featured in performance and in interviews.
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Joseph Schwantner, 1943-, Samuel Jones, 1924-1981 and Richard Danielpour, 1956-; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by Wang Xiayin, fl. 2011-2015, Yevgeny Kutik, fl. 2013 and Julian Schwarz, 1991-, All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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Mahler: Love, Sorrow and Transcendence
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Augusta Read Thomas, 1964- and Friedrich Rückert, 1788-1866; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by Nancy Maultsby, All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
Gustav Mahler's turbulent loves are expressed through his music. His settings of poems by Friedrich Rückert explore themes of love, nature, and otherworldliness. Mahler was haunted throughout his life by the premonition of his own death. The first movement of his 2nd Symphony draws stark contrasts between the com...
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Augusta Read Thomas, 1964- and Friedrich Rückert, 1788-1866; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by Nancy Maultsby, All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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Music for the Theatre
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Maurice Ravel, 1875-1937, Igor Stravinsky, 1882-1971 and Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
The legendary impresario Serge Diaghilev of Les Ballets Russes commissioned from Stravinsky and Ravel some of the greatest music for the ballet. His influence stretched from St. Petersburg to Paris to the New York City Ballet founded by Diaghilev's collaborator George Balanchine. Former NYCB Composer in Residence...
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Maurice Ravel, 1875-1937, Igor Stravinsky, 1882-1971 and Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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What Makes a Masterpiece?
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827 and Philip Glass, 1937- (1804); conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
This program will be an exploration of the creative process, tracing the genesis of Beethoven's iconic symphony and the development of a new work by a modern master. Interactive features will show how short rhythmic and melodic motives evolve into vast symphonic organisms. Interviews will include leading Beethoven...
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827 and Philip Glass, 1937- (1804); conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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Music's Emotional Impact
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893 and David Stock, 1939-2015; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
This program will draw viewers into Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's dramatic personal life, his brief marriage, and his intense correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, whom he never met, and to whom he dedicated his 4th Symphony. The dramatic brass fanfares that for Tchaikovsky symbolized Fate find a moder...
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893 and David Stock, 1939-2015; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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The New World and Its Music
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Antonín Dvořák, 1841-1904 and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, 1939-; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
Inspired by American dreams and legends, Dvorak created some of his greatest works while living in the United States, above all, the 'New World' Symphony. This program will investigate the multiple stories and influences — Native American, African-American, and Czech — that Dvorak transformed in his most forwa...
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Antonín Dvořák, 1841-1904 and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, 1939-; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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Politics and Art
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Dmitry Shostakovich, 1906-1975 (1937); conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
Music has sometimes reflected and at other times challenged repressive ideologies. Dmitri Shostakovich abandoned the premiere of his challenging 4th Symphony for fear of reprisals from the Stalinist government. His triumphant 5th Symphony was next, and the authorities were pleased. To this day, the 5th is Shostako...
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Dmitry Shostakovich, 1906-1975 (1937); conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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Relationships in Music
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directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Robert Schumann, 1810-1856, Clara Schumann, 1819-1896 and Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
Robert Schumann's wife, Clara, was herself a gifted pianist and composer. She became a lifelong friend and source of inspiration for Schumann's protege, Johannes Brahms. This program will explore the turbulent musical and emotional relationships between these three, and the masterpieces that they produced.
directed by Habib Azar, 1979-; composed by Robert Schumann, 1810-1856, Clara Schumann, 1819-1896 and Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897; conducted by Gerard Schwarz; produced by John Forsen, 1958-; performed by All-Star Orchestra (New York, NY: All-Star Orchestra, 2013), 57 mins
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