September 19 @ 7:30 pm
Classic Series I
Korngold: Violin Concerto, op. 35, D Major
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, op. 78, in c minor
Guest Artists Ryu Goto, Violin
Katya Gotsdiner-McMahan, Organ
Symphonic music often comes to us in a variety of presentations, whether while watching a movie, hearing it in the concert hall, or even part of a television commercial. The end results are quite similar; they create an ambience that helps tell a story. Our first concert presents three different pictures or scenarios. What a great way of illustrating our music to you!
Finlandia: A new concept of “Tone Poem” is an overture styled piece that tells a brief story. Sibelius describes the oppression of the Finnish people, followed by the serenity of a hymn like theme, ending with a triumphal finish.
Korngold’s Violin Concerto is a departure from the composer’s Hollywood masterpieces of movie themes or soundtracks! A first venture in concert music, his violin concerto is three movements, ironically, all with themes similar to his past movie efforts.
Saint-Saens’ Symphony no. 3 is also known as his organ symphony as it treats the pipe organ like a concerto soloist. Our movie connection is that the themes from the final movement are frequently used in films such as Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, and originally, in Impressions of France-also heard at EPCOT in Disney World.
Our Soloist tonight marks the wonderful return of Ryu Goto, violinist. Mr. Goto delighted our audience two years ago with the Max Bruch violin concerto, played on his Stradivarius violin. Mr. Goto’s delicate style makes the romantic themes of Korngold’s music come transcends the listener beyond the concert hall!
Another guest artist, this time one who is part of the orchestra, is Katya Gotsdiner-McMahan, organist at Trinity Methodist Church in Beaumont.
Single Tickets on sale September 1. 2020!