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Season Concert

Music In Motion

Jon Kimura Parker, piano
September 29, 2019
3:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Piano Concerto No. 1
Jules Massenet | “Ballet Suite,” Le Cid
Arturo Márquez | Danzón No. 2

Of Note

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 has a Looney side. The song appeared alongside Bugs Bunny in the 1943 animated short film, “A Corny Concerto.”

Parker says meeting concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson inspired him “to communicate joy through music.” He’s also a big classic rock fan—Pink Floyd and Rush, in particular.

Parker’s first recording  in 1985 featured Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 conducted by André Previn.

Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 was the main narrative musical piece in a short film by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Ortiz Pichardo. Danzón No. 2 has also been featured in an episode of Mozart in the Jungle.

Celebrate the start of the Symphony season with this energetic and expressive program, featuring music that moves us!

First, internationally-renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Composed in the 1870s, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is celebrated as one of the composer’s most popular works as well as one of the most popular piano concertos ever written. A founding member of the Montrose Trio, Parker has appeared as a soloist across the globe, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie, and the Sydney Opera House.

The program continues with the “Ballet Suite” from Jules Massenet’s opera, Le Cid. Set in twelfth-century Spain, the opera was premiered in Paris in 1885. Massenet composed the “Ballet Suite” in seven parts, each celebrating a popular regional dance form, using rhythm and percussion to paint a picturesque and romantic image of Spain. The “Ballet Suite” has become one of the composer’s most highly-regarded works.

We close with Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 - an elegant and seductive tribute to the Danzón style of dance, which originated in Cuba and continues to thrive in Mexico. Born in Sonora in 1950, Márquez found inspiration in dance halls, composing a series of 9 Danzónes between 1994 and 2017. Danzón No. 2 grew in popularity after Gustavo Dudamel programmed the piece for his 2007 tour of Europe and the United States with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

A Pre-Concert Lecture about the program will take place at 2:15PM in the Walton Theatre. Doors open at 2PM and seating is limited, so please plan accordingly.

Join us as we kick off another incredible season of live orchestral music and celebrate the many ways that music moves us!

Discover More:

Jon Kimura Parker’s Concerto Chat on Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto
Parker shares his experiences with this work, including his tale of a pesky insect that almost interrupted a performance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Merrie Melodies, “A Corny Concerto”, 1943
This short 8-minute cartoon features Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 as the opening tune.

Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Márquez’s Danzón No. 2
Dudamel leads the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in the BBC Proms premiere of Danzón No. 2.

Massenet’s Le Cid Opera with English Subtitles (Full-length Video)
The video will automatically begin at the “Ballet Suite” in Act II. Restart the video to watch the full 2 hours and 21 minutes.

Jon Kimura Parker’s 2013 Interview with The Vancouver Sun