(Saturday) 7:30 pm
The Vermont Philharmonic opens its 64th season with a concert program that features music by new world composers – though they may not be familiar names, audiences will come to love
The Vermont Philharmonic opens its 64th season with a concert program that features music by new world composers – though they may not be familiar names, audiences will come to love them.
The program opens with Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s lively Danzón No. 2, his interpretation of an elegant Cuban dance, with its nostalgic melodies, sexy rhythms, and great expressive freedom.
In a completely different mode, Florence Price’s Adoration (1951) is calm and serious, with a lovely melody. Price was African-American, a graduate of the New England Conservatory in 1906, and underappreciated during her lifetime and for nearly 70 years after her death. It was only in 2009 that many of her over 300 compositions were found in her abandoned summer home and are starting to get the attention they deserve.
Deems Taylor was well known during his lifetime as the presenter of the New York Philharmonic’s radio broadcasts and as a music critic and writer. He was a serious and skillful composer as evidenced by his pleasing Three Century Suite with five movements, including a Saraband and a Rigadoon.
And finally, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 includes lingering romantic melodies, blazing brass, and soaring strings – a rich and satisfying orchestral experience. Hanson wrote that he “aimed in this symphony to create a work that was young in spirit, lyrical and romantic in temperament, and simple and direct in expression.”
The Vermont Philharmonic is celebrating its sixty-fourth year of making beautiful music in Central and Northern Vermont. More information about the Vermont Philharmonic is at vermontphilharmonic.com.