Chaslin’s Return to the ORT Stage

Frédéric Chaslin

Conductor Frédéric Chaslin makes his return to the ORT stage to celebrate Tuscany with Romanticism, a new production at the Teatro Verdi on November 30, 2017 (9 pm). Part of the Festival of Tuscany, Chaslin will direct the orchestra’s interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, or the Scottish, and pianist Pietro De Maria will taking over the solo performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, since the flu has caused Gile Bae to cancel.

With a prominent career and numerous accolades, the French conductor has a deep familiarity with classical music that readies him to lead the concert dedicated to the Romantic mood of the Scottish. Previously assisting Daniel Barenboim at the Orchestra of Paris and Pierre Boulez at Ensemble Intercontemporain, Chaslin also learned how to be a virtuoso director from working with these renowned musicians.

His experience working with prestigious orchestras gave him the experience necessary to be the musical director and chief conductor of many international groups. The Opera de Rouen, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, and the Santa Fe Opera are just a few highlights of Chaslin’s esteemed career achievements.

Returning to ORT as a guest, Chaslin will lead the orchestra in a performance that accurately captures the free spirit and wilderness of Scotland. By putting four movements together to form a single musical immersion, the audience will feel as though they have transported to the lush highlands. The piece evokes a strong sense of the wild, romantic Scottish landscape.

While no longer playing at the event, Bae is a young Dutch pianist of Korean origin. This would have been the first collaboration for Bae with the ORT. De Maria is set to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto, written by the Polish composer at 20 years old. Meant as a good-bye to Chopin’s native Poland before embarking on a musical journey through Europe, the piece is one of two Chopin piano concertos.

De Maria has solidified his position as a growing influential figure in the classical music scene through his exceptional piano skills and performance. While Chopin composed and performed the concerto for his farewell concert series, the ORT concert will welcome De Maria onto to the Tuscan orchestra stage.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the ticket office of the Teatro Verdi, at Regional Circuit Box Office locations, and online at www.teatroverdifirenze.it. Prices to the concert are €16, but there is a reduced price for €14. Presale tickets range from €11-€13. (shannon duggan)