13 Feb

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra presents The New World

07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Community Arts Center

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein, presents its 3rd concert of the season – The New World- on February 13, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. The program features two of WSO's brilliant principals, Sue Laib, oboe and Dale Orris, trumpet in Copland’s Quiet City. The carefully crafted program includes pieces all written in America but totally differ in style, mood and approach.

The concert repertoire will delight all members of the audience and warm their hearts in this cold winter. The first half includes Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, Copland’s Quiet City, and Bernstein’s’ Three Dances Episodes from On the Town. Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Dvorak will pleasure the audience in the second half.

Jennifer Higdon [b. 1962] is one of the leading American composers of her generation. She is versatile and prolific, composing in most instrumental and vocal genres, and her music has been performed and recorded by top shelf orchestras and soloists. She won a Grammy award in 2008 and the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2009. Blue Cathedral was commissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where Jennifer Higdon teaches composition. Ms. Higdon has described her thoughts about Blue Cathedral as"Blue...like the sky. Where all possibilities soar. Cathedrals...a place of thought, growth, spiritual expression...serving as a symbolic doorway in to and out of this world. Blue represents all potential and the progression of journeys. Cathedrals represent a place of beginnings, endings, solitude, fellowship, contemplation, knowledge and growth".

Copland and Bernstein who are considered two of the greatest American figures in music lived during the same period and passed away only a few months apart. Bernstein who was much younger and already a famous conductor considered Copland one of his mentors and performed and recorded many of his pieces. Bernstein’s Broadway show, “On the Town” was such a huge success when premiered that later he decided to extract three dances from it as an orchestral suite to be performed in the concert hall.  In contrast, Copland’s Quiet City is a more contemplative and dreamy piece that the composer described as “A realistic fantasy concerning the night thoughts of many different kinds of people in a great city.” This piece features WSO's principals, Sue Laib, oboe and Dale Orris, trumpet.

Symphony No. 9 “New World" by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak was composed in 1893 in his five-room Manhattan apartment while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. It’s his most celebrated work in which he explores American folk tunes. The popular second movement was the inspiration of the song “Goin’ Home” written by one of Dvorak's students.

So please join us for an evening of all American music to celebrate Bernstein’s’ 100th birthday and Valentine’s Day! Bring your loved ones to a treat that will warm their hearts in a cold February evening.

For tickets, please call 570-326-2424 or visit www.williamsportsymphony.org .

Season Sponsor: Hudock Capital Group

Concert Sponsor: Lycoming College

Guest Artist Sponsor: Bill Hoffmann

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