Youth Education Concert
April 20 - June 30
Music and Nature
Smith Star Spangled Banner
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Movement 4
Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, 1st movement
Seth Weeks, piano
Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee
De Falla The Ritual Fire Dance
Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Ethan Williamson, trumpet
Rossini William Tell Overture
The sounds of the natural world have been an integral part of our culture. All the world is sound or vibration. From bees humming to the sound of a rainstorm, the same vibrations that make music surround us in nature. Great composers often used nature as the backdrop for their works, such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons or Johannes Brahms c minor Symphony.
In our education program, we will look at how various composers use the sounds of the orchestra to manifest the images of nature. The William Tell Overture takes us on through a storm, to pastures of fields ending with the ever-familiar Lone Ranger gallop of horses at the end. Beethoven Pastoral Symphony looks at the thunderstorm elements in detail, and the Ritual Fire Dance was used to worship the Fire God where Gypsies would form a large circle around their campfire at midnight to dance. Flight of the Bumble Bee is, of course, just the Flight of the Bumble Bee!
Our concerto winners from 2020 and 2021 will be joining the orchestra.
Seth Weeks, 2020 Concerto winner Ethan Williamson, 2021 Concerto winner
This year, the concert will be videoed and released to area schools and educators. You may also come here to watch the video.
The lesson plans that have been created to go with the program will be available soon!