The acclaimed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Guest principal conductor Gianandrea Noseda directs the acclaimed ensemble in an evening of French composers April 1 in Whitney Hall.
The program includes Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Fauré’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” Suite.
“No one, at the time of Berlioz, could orchestrate as Berlioz did because it was so imaginative, so unusual. Ravel did the same,” says Nosreda. “Fauré is probably not the most brilliant orchestrator, but the musical ideas, the tunes he could create, are so well-crafted.”
“I thought it would be a very good surprise to present French music, conducted by Italian conductor, and played by Israeli orchestra,” he adds. “It would be a good match.”
A native of Milan, Noseda is the music director of Teatro Regio Torino, now one of Europe’s leading opera houses under his direction. He’s a frequent face at the Metropolitan Opera, where he just conducted the recent production of Borodin’s “Prince Igor,” and is currently a finalist for an International Opera Award in the conducting category.
But Noseda maintains an active orchestra conducting career as well, in-demand internationally as a guest conductor and as laureate conductor of the BBC Philharmonic.
Noseda says dual-handed approach serves him well artistically. When he’s conducting opera, he loves it. But after a while, he says misses the symphonic repertoire.
“And vice versa. When I do a lot of symphonic repertoire, there is a point where I miss opera. And that keeps my approach to both fields very fresh,” he says.
Founded in 1936, the Israel Philharmonic is currently on a fourteen-day U.S. tour that included a stop last week at Carnegie Hall. As guest principal conductor, Noseda makes frequent appearances with the Israel Philharmonic, but this is their first tour together.
“Six or seven years ago, I got my first engagement with them and I was very impressed by the orchestra,” says Nosreda. “It’s been very positive since minute one.”
Here’s a look at the full program for the April 1 performance:
- FAURÉ: Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite, Op.80
- RAVEL: Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose): Suite
- RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No.2
- BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14