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A Firebird And A Faun Strut Their Stuff On Stage

French music of the 19th century inspired by the stage makes up the first half of this program, which finishes with the iconic Suite from The Firebird of Stravinsky. Come along as we explore the piece Pierre Boulez called "the beginning of modern music." Then, one of the most tender works of all time— Fauré's delicate rendition of Pelléas et Mélisande, which was the first in a long line of works inspired by this story, including Debussy, Schoenberg, and Sibelius. On the second half, Stravinsky's "bird of fire" burns white-hot— or in this case, red-hot.


Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune L. 86
Gabriel Fauré Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande Op. 80
New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony; Jean-Paul Penin, conducting

Igor Stravinsky 1919 Suite from L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird)
New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony; Philippe Entremont, conducting

Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden, Hawaii, Colorado, Lakes Area, Silicon Valley, and Salzburg. He serves as cellist for New Orleans based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome. A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.