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Composers often explored the mystery and finality of death in their work, and the reaper's specter itself animates this FWSO program of supernatural bon bons. Liszt's "Totentanz," or "Dance of the Dead," invokes the same Gregorian "Dies Irae" chant that now features in so many films focused on mortality. In Stravinsky's Pétrouchka, gloriously colorful orchestrations call a dead puppet's spirit from beyond the grave, and Rimsky-Korsakov resurrected Mussorgsky's now-seminal A Night on Bald Mountain and its music witches sabbath to cause generations of listeners to enjoy a slight shiver.
From stirring pathos to sparkling exuberance, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto remains an endearing and enduring works in the violin repertoire. Who better to bring it to life than the one of the most sought-after violinists alive due to his energy and sophistication, the brilliant and bold Augustin Hadelich? Another giant in the annals of music history, Brahms wrote his first symphony late in life due to the shadow cast by Beethoven's genius. Hear for yourself whether he measures up. And to open the concert, a delicate flute solo awakens the hall as a fawn from slumber.
Hear Fort Worth Symphony musicians collaborate to include some of the most treasured chamber music of all time including Mozart’s light-hearted Divertimento in D Major for Strings, and Dvorak’s Slavonic dance-like Serenade in D minor for Winds. The program concludes with a special performance of Steve Reich’s Different Trains – a work for string quartet and pre-recorded tape that explores the journeys of a young Jewish-boy growing up in America during WWII.
George Walker, the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, wrote his first string quartet in memory of his grandmother, an escaped slave, later arranging the achingly bittersweet slow movement, Lyric for Strings, for string orchestra. It became his most popular work. Likewise, Rimsky-Korsakov's vivid recounting of the tale of Scheherazade promises to enchant you with its compelling array of musical character and plot devices, and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 offers an elegant, Turkish flair to the program.
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Be there when the inimitable violinist Sarah Chang performs the Dvorák Violin Concerto for the Annual Gala Concert and Dinner!
Hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra bring music from cinematic masterpieces like Superman, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more, led by none other than renowned film conductor Richard Kaufman.
“When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” is a story-and-music event for the whole family, an exploration of the sounds, people and experiences provided by symphony orchestras. The perfect introduction for a budding young musician or outing for any age intended to spark the imagination and “wow” kids of all ages.
Gershwin ushered in the Jazz Age with a schmalzy slide in the clarinet and piano riffs that captured the buoyancy of the era. Thrill to his Rhapsody in Blue and travel with the composer to the artistic capital of the roaring 20s in An American in Paris. Pivot with the orchestra, then, on this all-American program to Dawson's Folk Symphony, a flawless fusion of classical styles and African-American spirituals that had haunted Dawson since his childhood.
Conductor Henrik Nánási directs the world premiere of music by his wife, Veronika Ágnes Fáncsik: “From hence your memory death cannot take" for clarinet, voice and orchestra sets three sonnets by Shakespeare. The program opens with Richard Strauss' Don Juan tone poem, which musically explores that legendary libertine, and Tchaikovsky's transformational Symphony No. 5, which begins in a space of severe resignation before finishing with rousing triumph.
Classical meets Neo-Classical. Beethoven’s Octet for Winds is a delightful treat for the classical music lover filled with whimsical melodies reminiscent of Haydn and Mozart. Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale is a theatrical work for seven musicians portraying the adventures of a deserting soldier who trades his fiddle (and his soul) to the Devil.
Canadian pianist extraordinaire Angela Cheng tackles one of the repertoire's greatest challenges: Rachmaninoff's spirited Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which fuses a Paganini tune with Rachmaninoff's own obsession with the Dies Irae, a melody representing death. The program opens with American composer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral, composed after the loss of her younger brother, which features musical dialogues between the siblings. Finally, Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome round out the evening in a glorious homage to the Appian Way.
Writing a concerto for guitar stretched British composer Joby Talbot's abilities, but his 2018 concerto Ink Dark Moon is an approachable, crowd-pleasing vehicle that demonstrates the fierier capabilities of the guitar in perfect balance with the orchestra. Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture opens the concert with its undulating, wave-like cello lines and tempestuous recollections of Scotland's eerie west coast, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," remains one of the purest works of creative genius in the classical canon.
All aboard the Hogwarts Express for a one-way trip to the magical, musical world of Harry Potter. Listen as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conjures your favorite tunes from the films, like "Hedwig's Theme" and "Nimbus 2000." Wizards and witches are welcome to wear their robes!
Troupe Vertigo fuses cirque acrobatics, classical dance and contemporary theater to create a spellbinding show for the ages centered on the power of expressive movement.
A bit of musical astrology, Holst's The Planets conjure the emotions of each planet on the human psyche, whether that's the aggression and militancy of Mars or the jolliness of Jupiter. The piece has become Holst's best-known composition due to its emotional scope and grandeur, a piece of music to touch the soul. To open the concert, Respighi's orchestration of Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Passacaglia in C Minor and Tomasi’s dazzling Trumpet Concerto with the FWSO's own principal trumpet, Kyle Sherman.
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