Alma Symphony Orchestra To Perform French Favorites
The Alma Symphony Orchestra continues its year-long international theme with a Sunday afternoon concert of French favorites.
The performance takes place at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The ASO is in its 49th season.
ASO’s musical tour of France will embrace the works of Leo Delibes,
Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saens and Erik Satie. Also included in the
program are works by George Gershwin and Frederic Chopin, both of whom
spent some time in Paris.
Featured soloist will be pianist Zhihua Tang, who will join the orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor. Tang, born in Shanghai, China, has appeared in concerts across the United States, Asia, and Europe. Throughout her career, she has served as a member of the piano faculty at several universities, including the University of North Dakota and Eastern Michigan University. Tang is currently teaching piano at Alma College.
“The concert offers a nice variety of music,” says ASO Director Murray Gross. “Some of the pieces are very atmospheric, lush and sensuous, while others, like ‘Bacchanale’ by Saint-Saens, showcase high energy, rhythmic music.“
The program will include Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte” as well as Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.” Finding balance between music that is both familiar and unfamiliar was important in planning the concert program, says Gross.
Ravel’s work represents the common trend among French composers to revive the stately dance of the Renaissance during the late 19th century. The Pavane allowed Ravel to experiment with the “new classicism” period in French music while establishing his own style of music.
Gershwin’s piece is a reflection of American experience rather than of French trends. Gershwin composed “An American in Paris” while remembering the homesickness and blues he felt for the Hudson River throughout his time in Paris.
Posted: Sun, January 25th, 2009 at 9:25AM