image004Daniel Harding, awarded the Premio Abbiati by Italian music critics as best conductor of 2011, celebrates Wagner’s centenary with the Prelude and Death of Isolde, the symphonic piece with which Wagner introduced Tristan und Isolde in concert halls while he was still struggling to have it performed in theaters. Harding, conducts La Scala’s philharmonic orchestra in a classic MusicEmotion concert to be broadcast Sunday, October 20, noon at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/musicemotion or in person at the Music Box Theatre box office, subject to availability. 

Chicago’s Music Box Theatre shows off the full power of its newly remodeled, state-of-the-art second screening room (“The Mini-Music Box”) withMusicEmotion: Syphony in Cinema, a series ofcaptured live musical matinees broadcast from Milan’s renowned La Scala opera house for an Old World musical experience in high definition. EachMusicEmotion program captures the nuances of the Filarmonica Della Scala, its conductors and soloists.Daniel Harding’s October 20 program includesWolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Maurerische Trauermusik; Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel und Liebestod; and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. Directors Francesco Micheli and Joelle Williams go behind the scenes, interviewing the artists and introducing each concert from places associated with the lives of the composers.

The program opens with Mozart’s sublime Masonic Funeral March, while Ein Heldenleben continues the Straussian journey Harding began with Vier Letzte Lieder in 2007 and continued with the memorable performance of Eine Alpensinfonie in 2011. Ein Heldenleben is an occasion of particular importance for first violin Francesco De Angelis, who is entrusted with a challenging solo part. De Angelis plays the Maréchal Berthier Stradivarius “ex Napoleon” of 1716, made available by the Pro Canale Foundation.

MusicEmotion: Daniel Harding conducts Wagner Live from Teatro alla Scala

Sunday, October 20, noon at Music Box Theatre

$10 at www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/musicemotion

Conductor: Daniel Harding

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Maurerische Trauermusik

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel und Liebestod

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Ein Heldenleben

Video director: Pietro Tagliaferri

Hosts: Francesco Micheli and Joelle Williams

About Alex Harding: Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career assisting Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his pro­fessional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut with the orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Fes­tival. He is Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Princi­pal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Music Partner of the New Japan Philharmonic. He is Artistic Director of the Ohga Hall in Karuizawa, Japan and was recently honoured with the lifetime title of Con­ductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His previous positions include Principal Conductor and Music Director of the MCO (2003-2011), Principal Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony in Norway (1997-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of Sweden’s Norrkoping Symphony (1997-2003) and Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (1997­2003). He is a regular visitor to the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Phil­harmonic (both of which he has conducted at the Salzburg Festival), Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus­orchester and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Other guest conducting engagements have included the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestras and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees. Among the American orchestras with whom he has performed are the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he opened the season at La Scala, Milan, conducting a new produc­tion of Idomeneo. He returned in 2007 for Salome, in 2008 forBluebeard’s Castle and Il prigioniero, in 2011 for Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, and recently forFalstaff. His operatic experience also includes Ariadne auf Nax­osDon Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic, The Turn of the Screw and Wozzeck at the Covent Gar­den, and Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien. Closely associated with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he has conducted new productions there of Così fan tutteDon GiovanniThe Turn of the Screw , La traviata,Eugene Onegin and Le nozze di Figaro. Other engagements have included Die Zauberflöte in Vienna andDie Entführung aus dem Serail in Munich. His recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and Virgin/EMI. In 2002 he was awarded the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and; in 2012 he was elected a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

About the Music Box Theatre: For 30 years the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films, festivals and some of the greatest cinematic events in Chicago. It currently has the largest cinema space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States. A calendar of Fall 2013 Special Events at Music Box Theatre is accessible atwww.musicboxtheatre.com/assets/calendars/MusicBoxFall2013.pdf

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