from ECO Music Director Matthew Kraemer
The Erie Chamber Orchestra proudly begins its 37th season with a program brimming with vitality, beauty, and color. Milhaud’s surrealist ballet, Le bœuf sur le toit, remains as vibrant today as when it was penned almost one hundred years ago. A tribute to the influence of Brazilian popular song which captivated the young composer, it was originally intended as accompaniment to a Charlie Chaplin film, the cinematic pioneer whom the ECO will pay homage next month as part of our silent film festival. Although he never had any of his own, Maurice Ravel adored children. Originally composed as five short pieces for piano duet, Ravel expanded and orchestrated his Mother Goose into a ballet score which remains one of the most beloved works of the early 20th century and a textbook for all composers in its masterful orchestration. Finally, we are honored to welcome Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music and one of the world’s preeminent violists, to perform a concerto dedicated especially to him. Award-winning composer Roberto Sierra’s music has met with acclaim worldwide and we are thrilled to present his Viola Concerto, the first of three concertos by celebrated, contemporary American composers during the 2014-2015 season.