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Stepping Out

Palo Alto Philharmonic set to perform Saturday evening at Cubberley Theatre

The Palo Alto Philharmonic is scheduled to present the fourth concert of its 2013-2014 season 8 p.m. Saturday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. A preconcert talk is set for 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature works by three of Eastern Europe’s most notable composers: Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Antonin Dvorák, plus American 20th-century composer John Corigliano,

Thomas Shoebotham serves as the philharmonic’s musical director and Lee Actor is the assistant conductor and composer in residence.

The concert will open with the “Capriccio Italiano,” composed when Tchaikovsky visited Rome during the Carnival season in 1880. It ranks among the composer’s most popular works.

The concert will continue with “Symphonic Variations (Op.78),” which Dvorák based on a Czechoslovakian folk song.

Next comes Corigliano’s “Elegy,” composed nearly a century later. The San Francisco Symphony in 1966 was the first to perform it. The composer said the work is based on a score he wrote for a play about Helen of Troy’s life after the siege of Troy.

The concert will conclude with a work by Stravinsky featured in the ballet “The Firebird.” The score, commissioned by Sergei Diaglihev’s Russian Ballet company in 1910, established Stravinsky’s reputation as a composer.

Tickets are $10-$20.

For advance tickets and more information, visit paphil.org.

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