VSO Concert Features Classics by Hindemith, Prokofiev and Dvoják
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.