Cellist and orchestra at the Vilar in Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK – The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has been touring internationally since it was founded in 1945. Joined for a special performance by internationally renowned cellist William DeRosa, the orchestra performs at the Vilar Center for the Arts on Thursday at 6:30pm. A free pre-performance discussion and reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.
Known for their versatility, the orchestra will present works by both classical and modern composers, including Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky and Samuel Barber. Both DeRosa and concertmaster violinist Benjamin Hudson will perform special solos as part of the program. The orchestra, founded by Karl Münchinger in 1945, quickly established a reputation for its J. S. Bach interpretations, in an attempt to liberate this music from the influence of the Romantic Age. Following a triumphant Paris debut in 1949, as the first German orchestra to perform there post-war, the success of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra over the next 50 years is reflected in the frequent invitations to perform all over the world and to participate in the celebrated Salzburg, Edinburgh, Prague Spring and Colmar festivals among many others. The comprehensive discography of the ensemble includes benchmark recordings of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites, the St. Matthew Passion (which was awarded the Grand Prix de Disque), and a complete recording of Mozart’s later symphonies.
DeRosa, who has firmly established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation, will join the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for this performance at the Beaver Creek venue. The late Leonard Rose described DeRosa as “one of the most brilliant cello talents in the world.” A performer of international stature, DeRosa regularly collaborates with such renowned conductors as Raymond Leppard, Myung-Whun Chung and James Judd. He has also performed with numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles and Florida Philharmonics, as well as the San Francisco and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. His reputation as an avid champion of contemporary music is equally established in America, and prompted the avant garde composer David Amram to invite DeRosa to give the New York premiere of his cello concerto “Variations on a Theme of Sitting Bull.”
There is a free pre-performance discussion at the Vilar Center at 5:30 p.m. The discussion offers insight into the artists and the program, providing an enhanced appreciation of the evening’s program. Tickets for the performance are $55 and are available through the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or vilarcenter.org. The Vilar Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.