Bon Voyage!

Date, Time & Location

Sunday, October 22, 2017
3:30pm (90 min. duration)

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza


This is a free concert! If you previously purchased a season ticket or single ticket for this concert, we’ll be in touch.

Program Summary

Soloists: Skylark Horn Quartet

  • Paderewski – Chants Du Voyageur: Melodie, Op. 8, No. 3
  • Corigliano – Voyage (strings only)
  • Haydn – Symphony No. 31 “Hornsignal”
  • ii. Adagio
  • iv. Finale: moderato molto
  • Hanson – Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”

Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” – Howard Hanson

Program Note by Riley Clark
Howard Hanson (1896-1981), was the groundbreaking composer that created the Romantic Symphony. Beginning the first of three movements with a beautiful flute feature, Hanson does not take long to catch the attention of the crowd. With long, musical sentences from the lower voices, Hansen adds in a variety of instruments to enhance the romantic aura of the beginning of this piece. Unexpectedly, Hansen begins to take the audience on an adventure. The trumpets and French horns lead the way, with the rest of the ensemble not far behind. Like black and white, the ensemble seems to conflict, one part has the strict short passages, while the others have long, romantic phrases that send the heart soaring. The feel of the second is comparable to the feeling of safety, and togetherness. Almost like small fairies, the clarinets and piccolo are sprinkled throughout the movement to add a sense of playfulness, and lighten the darkness that is the overall sound.

With this piece being commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it was made known for a number of reasons. It was used in the movie Alien, and the third movement is also the theme for Interlochen*. The third movement is the last page of a book, the dramatic, heroic ending to a fairytale. With a sense of excitement, urgency or perhaps bravado, the third and final movement of the Romantic Symphony will bring the audience on their edge their seats. Throughout the third movement, every section of the ensemble is singing a song of courage, happiness and excitement. The ensemble comes life, to the point the audience can almost feel it’s pulse through the final note.