Third Season 2018 Program 5
Thursday, October 25, 2018
20:30 hrs. Teatro Degollado
Sunday, October 28, 2018
12:30 hrs. Teatro Degollado

Program 5

Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco
Tito Muñoz,
Guest Conductor

Vladimir Petrov, piano

Sergei RACHMANINOV, Concerto no. 2 in c minor for piano and orchestra, op.18
Igor STRAVINSKY, The Rite of Spring

Thursday 25th, 8:30 PM 
Sunday 28th, 12:30 PM
October 2018. 

Third Orchestra Season 2018, Teatro Degollado


OFJ programming for the 25th and  28th of October features an interpretation of one of the most beloved piano concertos in history:  the Second Concerto in C minor, Op. 18 of Sergei Rachmaninov.  This score emerged from the complete disaster that accompanied the premiere of the composer´s First Symphony, plunging the author into a deep depression.  In order to overcome it, his friends suggested he try hypnosis, and Rachmaninov began attending hypnosis sessions with famed Doctor Nikolai Dahl.  Therapy, which took place over several months, was effective, and the composer regained his self-esteem.  With ease he was able to write a new work, which, according to Dr. Dahl´s post-hypnotic suggestion, needed to be a piano concerto.  At the premiere in 1901, Rachmaninov enjoyed a resounding success and, as a result, recovered his emotional stability. 


The Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto will be interpreted by young Russian-born, San Luís Potosí-adopted pianist Vladimir Petrov, Gold Medalist in the II International Piano Competition "City of Vigo" (Spain).


In this program, the OFJ will present another famous score—one that, today, is a touchstone in the history of Western Music—the ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.  The Rite of Spring was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev, director of Les Ballets Russes a Paris.  The author, who created this score between 1912 and 1913, described its inspiration in his 1936 autobiography:  "One day [in 1910], when I was finishing the last pages of L Oiseau de Feu in St Petersburg, I had a fleeting vision ... I saw in my imagination a solemn pagan rite: sage elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death. They were sacrificing her to propitiate the god of Spring. Such was the theme of the Sacre du Printemps."  Its premiere in May of 1913 provoked one of the most raucous scandals of all time, due to its novel use of both musical and choreographical idioms.

Tito Muñoz, Guest Conductor, will be at the podium to direct this program.

Program notes by Josémaría Álvarez, English translation by C. Louise Blake.


*Tickets from $110 to $200 pesos. 
*Discounts of 30% for students, teachers, people with special needs and senior citizens
*Music Appreciation lectures, Thursday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 11:00 AM, Sala de Cámara José Pablo Moncayo of the Teatro Degollado. Free and open to the public!
*Programming subject to change without notice.