Denk Plays Asheville Concerto
February 14, 2015 • 8:00 pm
Daniel Meyer, music director
Jeremy Denk, piano
ZHOU TIAN A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
BARTOK Piano Concerto No. 3
DVORAK Symphony No. 8
On Valentine’s Day, we present a program inspired by the beauty of the Earth, and how the special qualities of nature inspired composers to create works of unique beauty.
At the forefront of the latest generation of young Chinese composers, Zhou Tian created a work in A Thousand Years of Good Prayers that reveals his talent for mixing traditional Asian landscapes and musical elements with theatrical orchestral gestures. Internationally-celebrated pianist Jeremy Denk makes his Asheville Symphony debut in a work so closely tied to our home nestled in the mountains. Bela Bartók spent time in Asheville healing after a bout with serious illness, and was inspired by the natural beauty and birdsong that surrounded him to pen his most beloved work for piano and orchestra, the Piano Concerto No. 3. We end our evening with Bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák’s glorious Symphony No. 8. With its sentimental waltzes, quintessentially Czech rhythms, and references to the singing of birds, Dvořák has created a symphony that is so inextricably linked to his environment and so heartfelt as an expression of his love of his surroundings.