Conductor Xian Zhang transports us to the Bohemian countryside with picturesque landscapes and rousing patriotic accents. OSM Composer-in-Residence Ana Sokolovič presents the world premiere of her Balkanales Accordion Concerto, drawing from Balkan folklore and performed by Serbian Canadian accordionist Jelena Milojević. Also on the program, works by the two most prominent Czech composers: Dvořák with his bucolic overture V přírodě, and Smetana with three pieces from his Má Vlast cycle, including the famous Moldau.
Dvořák, V přírodě [In Nature’s Realm], Overture, op. 91, B. 168
Ana Sokolović, Balkanales, Accordion Concerto - World Premiere
Smetana, Má Vlast [My Country], JB:112, excerpts