Sunday, February 28, 2016: 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016: 7:30 p.m.
Alasdair Neale, conductor
Robert Belinic, guest guitarist
Brahms: Tragic Overture
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor
We start this program with Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Brahms chose the title “Tragic” to emphasize the turbulent, tormented character of the piece, in essence a free-standing symphonic movement, in contrast to the mirthful ebullience of a companion piece he wrote the same year, the Academic Festival Overture. Despite its name, the Tragic Overture does not follow any specific dramatic program. Brahms was more concerned with conveying and eliciting emotional impressions. He summed up the effective difference between the two overtures when he declared “one laughs while the other cries.”
Inspired by the royal gardens of a 16th-century palace, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto continues to charm with melodies alternately sunny and soulful. Known as the composer’s best-known work, the piece attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature. He described the concerto itself as capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the gardens of Aranjuez.
Guest artist, Robert Belinic, is an award-winning classical guitarist and will join the orchestra for this lovely piece. Learn more about Robert here.
Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is a towering, tragic masterpiece of the romantic era. Like many great works of music, the Fourth Symphony was not well received at its premiere in Vienna (1886). However, the work later became, not only well accepted, but generally referred to as one of the composer’s most impressive works. Brahms’s Fourth Symphony is the perfect tragic symphony. There is no happy ending. On the contrary, this deeply dark and complex work may leave you emotionally battered by the finale.
We hope you’ll join us on this soulful symphonic journey.
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