Jan. 29, 2013
Northwest symphony orchestra to perform Feb. 5 concert
The Northwest Symphony Orchestra presents “Heine, Hobbits & Holst” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The program is free to the public.
The program will include a theme from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” as well as “Suite from Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner and the light dance piece, “Passemezzo Antico,” featuring Northwest Symphony Orchestra mentor Jan Kobialka on solo cello. The performance concludes with “Symphonic Suite from ‘The Lord of the Rings’” by Howard Shore.
The concert program pieces range from a bold, driving war march to delicate 17th century airs.
“We’ll grab your attention from the start with ‘Mars, the Bringer of War,’ the gripping opening movement of ‘The Planets,’” Symphony Orchestra Conductor Monty Carter said. “The relentless, menacing march in 5/4 time turned out to be a harbinger of horror, composed at the outset of World War I.”
The operatic “Tannhäuser” suite showcases the lyricism of composer Richard Wagner, who was inspired by a poet’s perceived duality of love.
“The ‘Heine’ of our concert is Heinrich Heine, whose darkly comic poem, ‘Elementargeister,’ or ‘Elemental Spirits,’ brought Wagner’s creative juices to a froth over the conflict between sacred and profane love,” Carter said.
Audiences of all backgrounds will recognize themes in “Lord of the Rings,” a suite as theatrical and captivating as Peter Jackson’s trilogy. Listeners will be reminded of the hobbits’ tumultuous journey through Middle Earth with the orchestra’s final piece.
“Howard Shore’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ film score is as poignant and colorful as the J.R.R. Tolkien characters it portrays,” Carter said. “This suite, arranged by John Whitney, celebrates the fellowship and prophecies, hobbits and elves, and the lush ‘In Dreams’ melody that were brought from the epic fantasy novel to the big screen in 2001.”
The Northwest Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. It performs one or two concerts each trimester. The ensemble is open to all students on campus, regardless of major. Musical selections range from the Baroque to the Modern periods, with a mixture of styles.
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