$5 / FREE for children 18 and under & those with Gettysburg College ID
Friday, October 12, 2018 / 08:00 pm
The Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra and the Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony celebrate the start of another terrific concert season with a combined concert program titled “Celebrations” on October 12 at 8:00pm in the Majestic Theater.
The Symphony Orchestra begins the evening with Mozart's Divertimento in D Major, K. 136. The Divertimento is an energetic early work, brimming with brilliant passage work and drama in the outer movements which surround an effusive, romantic¿ middle movement. Holst's St. Paul's Suite, originally written in celebration of a new sound-proof rehearsal space at school where the composer taught, is an instantly-appealing English work. Opening with a lively jig, it is followed by a lilting second movement, a dark and brooding slow movement, and closes out with heroic settings of two English folksongs: The Dargason and Greensleeves.
The Wind Symphony begins its celebration with a rousing rendition of Fanfare and Flourishes by James Curnow, an energetic and tuneful concert fanfare that includes elements of early music and modern touches. The program continues with Paul Creston’s Celebration Overture. This bright and festive overture justifies its title with short and rhythmic melodies along with sonorous harmonies. Salvation is Created by Pavel Tschesnokoff exemplifies the choral literature of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Wind Symphony closes the program with an arrangement of The Promise of Living from Aaron Copland’s opera “The Tender Land.” The Promise of Living, originally a vocal quintet in the opera, unites hobos and family at the end of the first act in celebration of the harvest and its traditions. Even without voices, the use of the folk hymn Zion’s Walls and Copland’s transparent scoring evoke an unfolding series of wistful dreams.
Tickets: $5.00 for adults; FREE for children 18 and under and those with a Gettysburg College ID. All patrons must have a ticket.
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