Almost half a lifetime ago, I first landed in Colorado to conduct more than a dozen concerts and it turned out to be the start of a lifetime love. From its mountains, cities, people and nature to its overall unique spirit of freedom and vastness, Colorado always inspires and opens new horizons for me.
After my Denver Philharmonic debut as guest conductor at the Grand Opening of the Antonia Brico Stage concert last fall, I am delighted to present my first full concert with the orchestra this Friday evening. Prost! features all German composers.
The concert opens with Overture to Freischützone by Carl Maria von Weber, of the most underestimated German composers. This piece represents the unique energy of German romanticism. Weber’s Clarinet Concerto showcases clarinetist Jeremy Reynolds. Two Bach chorales are a tribute to 500 years of Lutheran Reformation, and so we are deep into German history.
German-born Paul Hindemith’s symphonic masterpiece Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber closes the concert. Hindemith composed this jazzy and modern piece in America. Its musical language perfectly reflects our new transatlantic partnership between the DPO and the Bavarian Philharmonic.
I am very much looking forward to an inspired and passionate concert on Friday, and the fruitful growing of our long-term partnership.
Mark Mast, guest conductor
Bayerische Philharmonie, artistic director and conductor