Alma Symphony Orchestra Opens 48th Season
An eclectic mix of Beethoven and bagpipes will be heard at the first concert of the Alma Symphony Orchestra’s 48th season.
“We have a fun season of interesting and exciting music scheduled,” says Murray Gross, director of the orchestra.
The Alma Symphony Orchestra performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College students and staff and youth 18 and under. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The concert features a mix of old and new with classical works by Beethoven and a modern composition by Peter Maxwell Davies. Joining the orchestra is faculty pianist Tony Patterson.
“The program is a great introduction to the Alma Symphony Orchestra,” says Gross. “There are two very noble and well-known numbers by Beethoven as bookends with a very unique and fun modern piece between them.”
The program opens with “Egmont,” which was composed by Beethoven in 1810 for the revival of Goethe’s play by the same name. Powerful and expressive, the music deals with the history and heroism of the famous Flemish warrior of the 16th century, Count Egmont.
Following “Egmont” and concluding the first half of the concert is Davies’ “An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise,” which was commissioned and premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985. The piece describes an all-night celebration after a wedding on Orkney, an island off of Scotland. “An Orkney Wedding” is unique for its musical depiction of festive and natural sounds as well as the entrance of bagpipes at the end of the piece.
“We actually hear wind blowing, people dancing and drinking—you hear it all in the music,” says Gross. “It’s very different and enjoyable for everyone.”
The second half of the program features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, popularly known as “The Emperor’s Concerto,” with Patterson as soloist. The last piano concerto he composed, Beethoven wrote this piece between 1808 and 1811 and dedicated it to his friend and pupil Archduke Rudolf. With its bold melodies and heroic spirit, the concerto quickly earned a place in piano repertoire.
Members of the orchestra are primarily Alma College students of a variety of disciplines. Musicians from the community also participate in the ensemble.
Posted: Fri, September 28th, 2007 at 4:43PM