Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor – learn more
David Kim, violin
Choong-Jin Chang, viola
Rossini Overture to William Tell
Mozart Sinfonia concertante, K. 364, for violin, viola, and orchestra
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
The final orchestra matinee of the season will feature DAVID KIM, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and CHOONG-JIN (C.J.) CHANG, principal viola of The Philadelphia Orchestra, for an evening of “Captivating Classics.” Kicking off the afternoon is the festive Overture to William Tell, irrevocably remembered for its exciting final three minutes, which came to serve as the theme music for the Lone Ranger programs in movies and on radio and television.
- Rossini had high hopes for William Tell, an opera about a legendary Swiss bowman. He considered it his masterpiece from which he could retire, but because of its four-hour length coupled with concerns that it was glorifying a revolutionary figure, the opera flopped – although the overture later became Rossini’s best known work.
- Although he composed a two hour piece afterwards, Rossini essentially retired from music after writing this opera. After retiring, Rossini concentrated his energy on his love for cooking, and even produced a score of recipes.
- Today, the opera is remembered mostly for its famous overture, especially the high-energy finale, which some may recognize for its use in the American radio and television shows of The Lone Ranger. Several portions of the overture were also used in the film A Clockwork Orange.
Read more here:
- WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE by GIOACHINO ROSSINI: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=18847