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Carmen Suite

Rossen Milanov, Conductor

April 14 & 15, 2023 | 7:30pm

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Karl Pedersen, viola  

Program 
Fernandez: America (A homage to Bernstein) 
Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen Suite 
Berlioz: Harold in Italy 

Commissioned to be performed during the centenary celebrations of Leonard Bernstein in 2018, America (A homage to Bernstein) incorporates jazz, Latin, pop, flamenco, and contemporary music. The energetic and playful score was written to encourage the listener to want to dance!  

Bizet’s Carmen has become one of the most recognizable operas in the repertoire, with famous tunes such as "Habanera," "Les Toréadors," and "Séguedille." This virtuosic arrangement by Rodion Shchedrin features strings and a menagerie of percussion instruments. 

In his Columbus Symphony solo debut, Principal Viola Karl Pedersen performs Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, an impressionistic story of a journey in the Italian mountains.  

Prelude: Join Christopher Purdy for a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm.