Concertino for Bassoon op. 12 E-flat major*
Symphonie fantastique op. 14
Symphony fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un artiste en cinq parties (An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts) tells the story of an artist gifted with a lively imagination who has poisoned himself in the depths of despair because of hopeless, unrequited love.
* Denotes first performance by ETSO
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Depicting the life of a troubled artist, Berlioz's Symphony fantastique is inspired by the composer's own life. After attending a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Berlioz fell in love with Irish actress Harriet Smithson to whom he sent numerous love letters, all of which went unanswered!
The first musical expedition into psychadeliaLeonard Bernstein
Internationally acclaimed conductor Yoav Talmi has conducted orchestras around the world including the Hamburg Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw, among others. Read more about Maestro Talmi below.
ETSO principal bassoonist Charles Hall steps in front of the orchestra to perform as soloist. Charlie has performed with ETSO for over twenty years!
Maestro Yoav Talmi, recipient of the 2013 Prime Minister's Prize for composers, is celebrated as one of Israel's most distinguished conductors-composers on the international scene. Conductor Emeritus of the Quebec Symphony in Canada and Head of Orchestral-Conducting Department at the Tel Aviv University. Talmi's 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 seasons take him to a wide number of concerts and master classes in the USA, Europe, South America and Israel.
In addition to his 13 years tenure as Artistic Director of the Quebec Symphony in Canada (1988-2011), Maestro Talmi held positions as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony (2000-2004), Music Director of the San Diego Symphony (1989-1966), Principal Guest Gonductor of the Munich Philharmonic (1979-1980), Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic, Netherlands (1974-1980) and Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra (1984-1988 and 2013-2014). Talmi was among the founders of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and served as its first Music Director from 1985 to 1989.
Maestro Talmi's long and impressive guest conducting career spans several continents. His European engagements include all the major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna and Prague, the Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw and Israel, the Orchestre National de France, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Rome’s Santa Cecilia, and numerous radio orchestras in Israel, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. He has also made several appearances with the NHK Symphony and the New Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan. In North America, he has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Montreal, Vancouver, Rochester and Seattle, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall.
Read more at www.yoavtalmi.com