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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 5, No. 1

Fall TV Preview

September 1, 1999

La rentrée musicale – preview TV: Fall preview by Jason Tchir This month, you'll be ableto watch performances of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky without leaving your own living room. To minimize the number of times you'll have to program your VCR, we've chosen a few highlights from the fall schedule. CBC begins their new Thursday Night arts series with acclaimed violinist Pinchas Zuckerman's official debut as musical director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Pianist Yefim Bronfman will join him for an all Beethoven program including The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43, Violin Sonata No. 5 in f major, Op. 24, and Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major. This concert opens the NACO's 1999-2000 season. It will be taped live September 29 and telecast September 30. In November, CBC will present a 60-minute profile of Canada's third tenor Michael Schade, who starred in the Canadian Opera Company - François Girard production of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex two years ago. This season, Schade will be performing The Magic Flute in Vienna, Salzburg and Hamburg, The Elixir of Love for the Canadian Opera Company and The Barber of Seville at the Met. The program will look at Schade and his career. Radio-Canada's Les Beaux Dimanches will present British pianist Stephen Hough in a concert taped at the 1998 Lanaudière Festival. Hough performs music by Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Mompou, and Liszt. PBS presents the 1998-99 Metropolitan Opera production of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades featuring Placido Domingo, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina, and Nikolai Putilin. Based on a play by Pushkin, the opera tells the story of Ghermann (Domingo), a young soldier seeking luck at love and cards. It will be sung in Russian with English subtitles. Also on PBS, Live From Lincoln Center features opening night with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich joining the New York Symphony. Kurt Masur directs the orchestra for a program featuring Dvorak's Cello Concerto, Stravinsky's Capriccio for piano and orchestra, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Bravo will present the North American premiere of Andrea Bocelli: A Life for Music, a glimpse into tenor Bocelli's remarkable life and career. Check our monthly listings for more details.

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