Federal Way Symphony
Season Premiere

Sunday, October 13
2:00PM

Vocal selections from the operatic repertoire:

  • “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schoen” from The Magic Flute, W.A. Mozart
              Michael Nim, tenor
  • “O du mein holder Abendstern” from Tannhaeuser, R. Wagner  
              Misha Myznikov, baritone
  • “Au fond du temple saint” from Pearl Fishers, G. Bizet 
              Michael Nim, tenor
              Misha Myznikov, baritone

Piano concerto no. 2, Franz Liszt 
                      Mark Salman, piano

Symphony no. 1, Johannes Brahms

The Federal Way Symphony opens Season 36 with two contrasting works from the Romance period: Brahms’s symphony no. 1 and Franz Liszt’s piano concerto no. 2. A selection of arias and duets from the operatic repertoire rounds out the first concert of the season.

Johannes Brahms himself admitted that his first symphony took 21 years to complete due to his self-critical perfectionism. He was considered a musical heir of Beethoven; listeners who enjoy the final movement of Beethoven’s ninth symphony (“Ode to Joy”) will hear similarities in the final movement of the Brahms symphony.

In contrast to the more austere Brahms, Franz Liszt was a dramatic, even audacious, performer and composer. His piano concerto no. 2 ignores many conventions of the form as it looks toward the 20th century modern era. As the composer himself said, “New wine demands new bottles.”

Mark Salman has performed in Europe, Asia, Canada, and throughout the United States in performances described as “powerful,” “astonishing, exacting, evocative,” “wildly imaginative” and “touchingly lyrical.”  Mr. Salman is a co-founder of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. His performances have included appearances at the Newport Music Festival, an eight recital series devoted to the works of Franz Liszt in Seattle, a complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy with Orchestra Seattle, and a five recital series commemorating Liszt’s 200th birthday. Mr. Salman is regularly heard as a concerto soloist with northwest orchestras, having performed over 30 different concertos with orchestra. Mr. Salman is a Steinway artist and is on the faculty of the Seattle Conservatory of Music.