An ORT Evening of Romantic & Modernist Music Showcasing Kazushi Ōno & Alena Baeva

Violinist Alena Baeva

Kazushi Ōno will conduct the Orchestra della Toscana in a concert that will play Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, pieces by Robert Schumann and Maurice Ravel in addition to Pavane by Fauré on several dates and at different places: January 11 (Piombino, Teatro Metropolitan), January 12 (Florence, Teatro Verdi) and January 14 (Empoli, Palazzo delle Esposizioni),on January 11 (Piombino, Teatro Metropolitan), January 12 (Florence, Teatro Verdi) and January 14 (Empoli, Palazzo delle Esposizioni), always at 9 pm.   To deliver an even more impactful performance, Alena Baeva has been designated the violin soloist.   

Kazushi began his path to stardom upon receiving the Asahi Prize for how much his music contributed to the world of art in Japanese society. His vision of music is one that combines the styles of sound from multiple continents and cultures, taking note of both historical and contemporary trends. His work in Europe began as soon as he became as an assistant to Wolfgang Sawallisch and Giuseppe Patanè in the Bavarian State Opera, back when he was a scholar for the Japanese Ministry of Culture. He is currently a music director of both the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, as well as the artistic director for the New National Theater Tokyo (NNTT). Kazushi and the orchestra will show their skill in interpreting both German Romantic music, the French Neoclassic style and a piece that bridges both the styles of French R0manticism and modernism. 

Accompanying this performance is Russian violin soloist Alena Baeva, bringing the experience she carries from worldwide teaching for almost her entire life. Since the age of five, Baeva has taken violin lessons both in private and in her formal education.  She has received musical teachings across many countries, from Mstislav Rostropovich in France, Seiji Ozawa in Switzerland, Shlomo Mintz in Israel and Boris Garlitsky in Paris. Absorbing a wide array of influences to hone her skill with the violin has helped her obtain international renown, which she now brings to the stage of stages of Tuscany. 

Baeva’s talent will be showcased in the Schumann concerto for violin and orchestra, the last piece the composer wrote before being voluntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. Siegfried Idyll is another notable piece among those planned for the concert. As a symphonic poem written for chamber orchestra, the composition was created as a birthday gift by Richard Wagner for his wife Cosima.  The evening will also feature the orchestral version of Fauré’s Pavane, inspired by the slow tempo of Spanish court music as well as the orchestral version of Ravel’s Le Trombeau de Couperin, a buoyant memorial to friends who predeceased him in the Romantic style with modernist influences.

Tickets for Teatro Metropolitan can be purchased for €12 (€9 reduced) for adults and €5 https://www.eventipiombino.it/ or from the ticket stand on the day of the concert. For Teatro Verdi, tickets cost €17 (€15 reduced) and can be reserved by visiting www.teatroverdifirenze.it or directly at the theater. Palazzo delle Esposizioni’s tickets cost €17 (€15 reduced), and they can be purchased by going to the concert’s Event Brite page, or by visiting Libreria Rinascita or Bonistalli Musica.  (nelson matos/additional reporting by rosanna cirigliano)