CONCERT #4: All-Orchestra
Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Albany
Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. – Ashbrook Independent School
MOZART, Symphony No. 25
BRUCKNER. Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major “Romantic” (1880 – Haas)
Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, subtitled “Romantic”, in its original version evoked images of medieval knights, castles, damsels, and hunting. The 1880 version of this impressive symphony is the major work on the concert. Dvorák’s “Symphonic Variations”, a magnificent set of variations for symphonic orchestra, opens this program.
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BRUCKNER Symphony No 4 in E-flat Major Romantic
CONCERT #5: Victor Steinhardt, piano
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Albany
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. – Ashbrook Independent School
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN. Leonore Overture No. 3, opus 72b
Robert SCHUMANN, Piano Concerto in a minor, opus 54
VICTOR STEINHARDT, piano
Jean SIBELIUS, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, opus 43
Victor Steinhardt, piano, performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor. Possessing a quasi-symphonic character, Schumann’s concerto is a work of great structural integrity and thematic connection. The concert opens with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 anchors the second half of the program. The musical materials and orchestral sonority of this work evoke the cold, massive, unmistakable Nordic sound that has come to be associated with Sibelius.