Smetana, Dvorák, and Martinu are champions of Eastern European music, known for the use of folk music and references to the cultures. Smetana looks to the natural landscape, so influential to any culture, of his homeland in the symphonic poem The Moldau. The river running through the music of this tone poem paints the image of its path across the countryside. Martinu wrote his Concerto for Oboe for a Czech performer committed to performing more of his own cultural music. Dvorák, known for setting melodies inspired by the folk music found in his travels, looks west to his mentor Johannes Brahms, infusing his folk influences with a more tragic style found in Western European symphonies of the day.
Smetana and Dvorak
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM
$49 / $37 / $29 / $18 – Adults
$44 / $32 / $24 / $18 – Seniors (Ages 62+)
$10 – Students (Must present a valid ID)
Free – Youth (Ages 5-15; please call the box office to reserve seats)
Jonathan McPhee, conductor
Cheryl Bishkoff, oboe
SMETANA The Moldau
MARTINU Concerto for Oboe
DVORÁK Symphony No. 7
Oboist Cheryl Bishkoff, described as “a musician of incredible artistry” (Richmond News Leader), is universally recognized for her inspiring musicality, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. She is in her thirteenth season as principal oboe of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. In addition, she is principal oboe of the New Hampshire Symphony, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia and the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, and assistant principal of the Bethlehem (PA) Bach Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Bishkoff has served as acting principal oboe of the Buffalo Philharmonic and as principal of numerous other orchestras including the Albany (NY) Symphony, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH), the Wheeling Symphony (WV) and the Virginia symphony. An accomplished recitalist, she frequently appears both as soloist and in chamber music programs, including solo performances in Philadelphia and at Vassar College. Ms. Bishkoff is the Lecturer of Oboe at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and has a private studio in Rhode Island. She has recorded on the Dorian label.
Jonathan McPhee is equally at home as a conductor for the symphony, ballet, and opera. He is currently Music Director for the Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire, having recently completed his tenure as Music Director for the Boston Ballet Orchestra. In addition to being the largest professional orchestra in New Hampshire, Symphony New Hampshire is quickly establishing itself as the premiere orchestra serving the entire State.
In recent seasons McPhee has conducted many orchestras at home and abroad including London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, and Germany’s Hamburg Philharmonic.