MSO to kick off its 20th sea­son Thurs­day at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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