MSO to kick off its 20th season Thursday at Chesapeake College
Symphony No. 4 Op. 98 was Brahms’ last symphony. Richard Strauss, a Futurist, wrote that the Andante of the Symphony No. 4 reminded him of “a funeral procession moving in silence across moonlit heights.”
Chausson’s Poeme for Violin and Orchestra was written in 1896. The work probably was inspired by a short story by the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, “The Song of Triumphant Love,” in which two young men, one a violinist, fall in love with the same woman. It was written for a virtuoso violinist at the height of French Romanticism and remains a favorite of skilled performers.
Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose) was written in 1910 as a work for piano for four hands, based on various children’s stories. It was a gift to Mimie and Jean Godebski, whose parents were friends of Ravel. The work was orchestrated in 1911 and was popular because of its flowing melodies, fine harmonies and superb orchestration. Now more than a century old, it still is considered “modern music,” yet easy to digest.
Saint-Saens was a child prodigy who entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 13. Danse Macabre was written in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano, and orchestrated in 1874. The work is based on an old superstition about how Death plays its fiddle on Halloween, and skeletons emerge from their graves to dance from midnight until dawn.
The opening night concert at Chesapeake College will feature a special catered reception at intermission, sponsored by Piazza in Easton. Hors d’oeuvres and prosecco will be served.
The 20th anniversary season opening dinner will be held Oct. 1, following a performance at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. The cost for the plated dinner and cash bar is $65 per person.
Season subscriptions for the 2017– 2018 season are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org or by phone at 888-846-8600. Individual tickets will be sold in advance online and at the door. Tickets to the Chesapeake College concert are $45.
The current officers of Tuckahoe Equestrian Center are shown at Fort Berkey, the announcer’s stand at the huge show ring. Fort Berkey is named for the late Cindy Berkey, who was instrumental in founding the center. Standing below, acting President Rob Creel, above from the left, Vice President Irma Marshall, Treasurer Stacy Frank, and Secretary Gail Brodt. TEC is celebrating its 25th anniversary, Saturday, October 7, with all-day equine demonstrations and related lectures. Admission is free.