VSO Concert Fea­tures Clas­sics by Hin­demith, Prokofiev and Dvo­ják

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The Ver­mont Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s sec­ond concert in its 2012/2013 Mas­ter­works se­ries will fea­ture three sparkling works by beloved clas­si­cal com­posers. The pro­gram in­cludes Konz­ert­musik for Strings and Brass by Paul Hin­demith, Lieu­tenant Kijé Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, and the ra­di­ant Sym­phony No. 6 by An­tonín Dvo­ják. VSO Prin­ci­pal Guest Con­duc­tor, An­thony Prin­ciotti will lead the concert at the Flynn Cen­ter on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 at 8 p.m.

The wood­winds sit out the first num­ber, an ex­u­ber­ant flood of mu­sic in which Hin­demith makes vir­tu­osic de­mands on the brass sec­tion, but they have star­ring roles in Prokofiev’s won­der­fully satir­i­cal nar­ra­tive about a fic­tional sol­dier. This or­ches­tral show­case pro­gram con­cludes with a com­pelling work rich with su­perb melodies. Sym­phony—but suf­fers from the lack of a catchy nick­name.

Ger­man com­poser Paul Hin­demith (1895-1963) was a noted vi­o­lin­ist, teacher and mu­sic the­o­rist, and con­duc­tor. Konz­ert­musik for Strings and Brass, Op. 50 was writ­ten in re­sponse to a com­mis­sion from Sergey Kous­se­vit­sky for the fifti­eth an­niver­sary sea­son of the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in 1931. Hin­demith had of­ten em­ployed el­e­ments of jazz in his mu­sic throughout the “Jazz Age,” and jazz is an in­te­gral part of this work.

Rus­sian-born Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) com­posed mu­sic for the film Lieu­tenant Kijé in 1933, and com­piled a suite from the film mu­sic (Op. 60). The film was an af­fec­tion­ate pe­riod por­trait of early nine­teenth cen­tury Rus­sia, com­bined with a satire on of­fi­cial bungling through an army of­fi­cer who does not ac­tu­ally ex­ist.

Czech com­poser An­tonín Dvo­rak (1841-1904) com­posed Sym­phony No. 6 in D Ma­jor, Op. 60 in 1880. The work, ded­i­cated to Hans Richter, con­duc­tor of the Vi­enna Philharmonic Or­ches­tra, was one of his first large sym­phonic works to draw in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion. In it, he man­ages to cap­ture much of the Czech na­tional style, draw­ing on a Czech folk song as the in­spi­ra­tion for his glow­ing and joy­ful theme.

at 7 p.m., free for mem­bers of the au­di­ence. The dis­cus­sion will fea­ture An­thony Prin­ciotti, pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ing in­sight into the mu­sic, com­posers and mu­si­cians.

Con­certs by the VSO are made pos­si­ble in part by the State of Ver­mont and in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and foun the 2012/2013 Mas­ter­works se­ries me­dia spon­sor. Ad­di­tional sup­port is pro­vided by the Concert Artists Fund of the Ver­mont Community Foun­da­tion, and the Lin­til­hac Foun­da­tion.

Sin­gle tick­ets for the De­cem­ber concert start at $16. Stu­dent tick­ets are avail­able for $9. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets, please visit the Flyn­nTix Re­gional Box Of­fice web­site at www.fly­n­tix.org, tele­phone (802) 86-FLYNN (863-5966), or visit the VSO web­site at www.vso.org. Sub­scrip­tions for the four re­main­ing Mas­ter­works se­ries con­certs range from $55, to $209, $32 for students. For se­ries sub­scrip­tions, please call the VSO of­fice at 800-876-9293, ex­ten­sion 10.

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