To accommodate demand, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra has added a third performance to the final MasterWorks Series program of the 2013-14 season, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Guest conductor James Feddeck will be on the podium at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive in Tucson, for all three performances: Saturday March 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances are sold out. Tickets are now on sale for the additional performance, Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.
Currently in his fourth season as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, James Feddeck made his debut with the orchestra in August, 2009 at the Blossom Music Festival. He has also conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte (with soloist Yo-Yo Ma), Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, St. Louis, San Diego, and Toledo, led performances with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and has made several appearances at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Feddeck was admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in four areas —piano, oboe, organ and conducting—a rare distinction. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oberlin, he continued his conducting studies at the University of Michigan and at Aspen.
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell calls Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, “something incredibly special, and you wouldn't want to change a single note of it.” He chose to record it on the first disc he made in 2013 after he was appointed Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. “In the Fourth he looks back a little bit, although there are always innovations,” Bell explains. “It's pure joy. It starts out with a mysterious opening, which sort of psyches you out — you think it's going into that dark Beethoven, and it turns into the most glorious, joyful piece that I can think of.”
The program opens with the Hebrides Overture, a work conceived by Mendelsohn’s Scottish trip and his visit to Fingal’s Cave, which inspired his musical representation of the eerie sounds produced by the echoes of waves. The Pulcinella Suite from Stravinsky’s ballet based on the Commedia dell’arte character is the musical story of a suitor in his farcical attempts to woo a young lady.
The MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra Series receives generous support from Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer.
MasterWorks Series single tickets, priced at $53, $58 and $63, are available at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office located at 2175 N. Sixth Avenue or by phone at (520) 882-8585. Tickets may also be purchased online at tucsonsymphony.org. TSO Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.