Date, Time & Location
Sunday, February 18, 2018
3:30pm (90 min. duration)
Commons Mall Performance Hall
We may require ID verification to validate discounted tickets at the door.
Featuring the Andrews Strings Studio, the winner of the 2nd Annual CSO Youth Concerto Competition, and CSO member soloists.
- Borodin — In the Steppes of Central Asia (side-by-side)
- Wagner — Siegfried’s Rhine Journey (side-by-side)
- Copland — Clarinet Concerto (feat. Becky Grelle)
- Hummel — Trumpet Concerto in E (feat. Paul Hunt)
Wagner: Siegried’s Rhine Journey
Program Note by Kaylee Fleenor
Wilhelm Richard Wagner was born on May 22, 1813 in Leipzig, Germany. He was most well-known for his operas, which were both long and elaborate. However, Wagner’s musical skills were not a natural ability. When he was a young boy, he would, to quote his piano instructor, “torture the piano in a most abominable fashion.” By the time he was 16, though, he had begun confidently composing.
Wagner’s first opera, written in 1834, was called “Die Feen”, which is German for “The Fairies”. He wrote it while serving as the chorus master for the Wúrzburg Theater. This was the start of a highly influential musical career.
“Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” is from the prologue of the Wagner opera “Götterdämmerung”, which translates into “Fate of the Gods.” It is the final opera of the four-part series of “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, which he began composing in 1853. It is very loosely based around characters found in Scandinavian and German mythology. The title refers to the ring that the dwarf Alberich forged out of the gold he had stolen from the Rhine Maidens.
In the excerpt, we begin with the sun rising. Following that is a duet between the titular Siegfried and the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, represented by her theme and Siegfried’s horns. He then begins on his journey down the Rhine, carrying the ring with him to Gibichungs Hall.
Borodine: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Program Note by Christopher Clerc
Alexander Borodine (1833-1887) was one of twelve composers commissioned to write music for the celebration of Czar Alexander’s 25 year reign. Borodin’s tone poem, dedicated to Franz List, was an immediate hit in Russia and abroad.
Borodine’s own description for the piece, which is reproduced at the beginning of the printed score, is a guide for listening: “Out of the silence of the sandy steppes of Central Asia come the sounds of a peaceful Russian song. There are heard, too, the melancholy strains of Oriental melodies and the stamping of horses and camels. A caravan, escorted by Russian soldiers, crosses the measureless desert, pursuing its way serenely under the protection of Russian arms. The caravan continuously moves forward. The songs of the Russians and the Asiatics mingle in common harmony, their refrain gradually dying away in the distance.”