The ARTFUL TITANS
STOKOWSKI and BARNES
“The Artful Titans”
(A Theatrical Portrait of Symphonic Proportions)
will feature the legendary Leopold Stokowski (The Creator) and acclaimed Alfred C. Barnes (The Collector) in a cast of Broadway actors sharing the stage with the brilliant French-born conductor, Deneve, and the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra in a fully-staged symphonic theatrical evening celebrating the music of Debussy, Chausson, Milhaud, Poulenc, and Stravinsky as it weaves, dances and explodes with the art of Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir, Monet, Degas and Picasso living and working in Paris in concentric circles of creative genius.
"The Artful Titans”
is a series of dynamic portraits and dazzling “Impressions” of music, art and theater dramatizing the convergent/divergent lives and aesthetics of Philadelphia’s pioneering cultural icons: Leopold Stokowski and Alfred C. Barnes from 1912-1930. Each “canvas” (mise en scène) captures a moment, an arc, an essence, depicting the triumphs and trials in the lives of Stokowski and Barnes. Music infuses each portrait with color, tone, rhythm and light. Each thematic tableaux/montage paints a mini-story shimmering with character, conflict, dialogue, movement and music set against the backdrop of Paris and Philadelphia. The overall effect is a symphonic gallery of stylized “impressions” charting innovative experiments/risks taken by two relentless and ruthless visionaries: Stokowski and Barnes, building their respective empires.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
"The Artful Titans"
A Stokowski - Barnes Festival
Stéphane Denéve, Conductor
Playwright & Stage Director
"Philadelphia in Paris” (1912-1918)
Oct. 11, 12, 13, 2018
Palestrina/orch. Stokowski - "Adoramus te Christe"
Chausson - Poème, for violin and orchestra
David Kim - Violin
Debussy - "The Sunken Cathedral," from Preludes
Debussy - La Mer
“Paris in Philadelphia” (1920-1930)
Oct. 19, 20, 21, 2018
Milhaud - The Creation of the World
Poulenc - Organ Concerto
Peter Richard Conte - Organ
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring