A Fantastic Night of Spain

New Year's Eve Concert

A Fantastic Night of Spain


2017-12-30 Sat 19:30National Concert Hall 400 700 1000 1200 1500 2000
YIN-FANG CHANG, conductor
REINHOLD FRIEDRICH, trumpet

MAURICE RAVEL: Rapsodie espagnole
FRANK PROTO: A Carmen Fantasy, for trumpet and orchestra
ARCANGELO CORELLI /STEVEN VERHAERT : La Follia, for trumpet and orchestra
MANUEL DE FALLA: El amor brujo
JULES MASSENET: Excerpts from Le Cid Ballet Suite

New Year’s Eve concerts with the NSO are always special events, always something different, unexpected, exciting, thoroughly enjoyable and fun. This year there are two such events, one on December 30, the other on the 31st. The one on December 30 is devoted to an evocation of Spain. Of the five composers on the program, only one was actually Spanish (de Falla), but the others certainly knew how to conjure up the sights, sounds and flavors of this sunny, Mediterranean land – the French Ravel with his zesty Rapsodie espagnole, the American Frank Proto with his virtuosic Carmen Fantasy featuring trumpet soloist Reinhold Friedrich, the Italian Corelli with his fantasy on the harmonic pattern called La Follia (believed to have originated on the Iberian peninsula), and another Frenchman, Jules Massenet, with his grand opera Le Cid, set in Spain.