Read­ing Sym­phon Or­ches­tra to present ‘Or­ches­tral Mas­ter­pieces.’

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - From David Gross

The Read­ing Sym­phony Or­ches­tra cel­e­brates revered sym­phonic ar­range­ments with an Or­ches­tral Mas­ter­pieces pro­gram on Satur­day, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. The evening fea­tures beloved works by dis­tin­guished com­posers per­formed un­der the di­rec­tion of Mu­sic Di­rec­tor An­drew Con­stan­tine, in­clud­ing Strauss, Bern­stein, Saint-Saën, De­bussy, Prokofiev, El­gar, Grieg, Mozart, Bach/Stokowski, Strauss, and Wag­ner.

“Or­ches­tral Mas­ter­pieces is a won­der­ful way to ex­pe­ri­ence some of the most sem­i­nal or­ches­tral works of all time in their orig­i­nal con­text,” said Con­stan­tine. “Con­cert­go­ers new and old will rec­og­nize these fa­mous pieces from countless clas­sic films and tele­vi­sion shows, and feel their raw power first­hand.”

• Strauss, also Sprach Zarathus­tra: The be­gin­ning of this force­ful tone poem is what many con­sider the main theme of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

• Bern­stein, Can­dide Over­ture: From the comic op­eretta based on Voltaire’s satir­i­cal novella comes a piece that’s been per­formed on Broad­way since 1956.

• Saint Saen, Danse Macabre: A haunt­ing piece de­pict­ing Death sum­mon­ing the dead to dance as the clock strikes mid­night on Hal­loween.

• De­bussy, Clair de Lune: A calm­ing piece used in countless films from Ocean’s Eleven and The Right Stuff to Seven Years in Ti­bet and the Twi­light se­ries.

• Prokofiev, Mon­tagues and Ca­pulets From the 1935 bal­let Romeo and Juliet, this fore­bod­ing piece is a fa­vorite among hip hop and heavy me­tal mu­si­cians alike.

• El­gar, Nim­rod: A dy­namic piece adopted by Bri­tain for solemn oc­ca­sions and re­cently fea­tured in the World War II film Dunkirk.

• Grieg, “Morn­ing” from Peer Gynt: The quin­tes­sen­tial morn­ing mu­sic, this piece is in­stantly rec­og­niz­able and con­jures the im­age of a beau­ti­ful, ris­ing sun.

• Mozart, Mar­riage of Fi­garo Over­ture: From the com­edy se­quel of The Bar­ber of Seville, this play­ful piece has been used in films like Trad­ing Places, The King’s Speech, and Zom­bieland.

• Bach/Stokowski, Toc­cata and Fugue in D Mi­nor: Made pop­u­lar as the first work fea­tured in the film Fan­ta­sia, this piece brings the power of the full sym­phony to Bach’s orig­i­nal or­gan ar­range­ment.

• Strauss, The Blue Danube: One of the most fa­mous waltzes and said to be Aus­tria’s sec­ond na­tional an­them, this piece is pure majesty that lent ex­trater­res­trial beauty to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

• Wag­ner, Ride of the Valkyries: Best known as the song played dur­ing the fa­mous he­li­copter ap­proach scene in Apoc­a­lypse Now, this clas­sic theme evokes the im­age of a rag­ing bat­tle.

Tick­ets for Or­ches­tral Mas­ter­pieces can be pur­chased at Tick­et­mas­ter, 610373-7557 or tick­ets@read­ingsym­


Mu­sic Di­rec­tor An­drew Con­stan­tine con­duct­ing the Read­ing Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

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