NAKED CLASSICS: Haydn & Prokofiev

Paul Rissmann, presenter & host
David Danzmayr, conductor

NAKED CLASSICS is a perfect way to discover ProMusica for the first time! Find out about great music in a casual, relatable way—whether you’re new to the orchestra, or have been to many concerts, you will learn something.

Host Paul Rissmann presents this innovative program exploring classical music in a fun and fresh format. Through images, sound bites and interviews with our musicians, NAKED CLASSICS deconstructs some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire, uncovering secrets in the score, and exploring the composer’s life and times. At the end, you will be treated to a full performance of the works.

NAKED CLASSICS is for everyone — from the frequent concertgoer to the newcomer. We invite you to be entertained and enlightened!

“Paul Rissmann was AMAZING. This was my first of his events, and I cannot praise it enough! The way he wove together the historical, the musical, and technical and the aesthetics was seemed so effortless…Not to mention the humor involved! He spoke in such a way that the novice and the expert would both find something of value. Ok, now add on amazing graphics to augment. Wow. Bravo!”
— Past NAKED CLASSICS attendee

Explore the similarities and connections between two works composed over a 122-year time span. Host Paul Rissmann guides us through Prokofiev’s effervescent first symphony, “Classical,” — an homage to classical form — and Haydn’s dramatic last symphony, “London.”

PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 1 “Classical”
HAYDN – Symphony No. 104 “London”