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In many of humanity’s greatest stories, and even in our own personal lives, fate is a recurring theme. In our November 14 program we’ll explore this further. Beginning with Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, we’ll hear a modern dialogue with Beethoven’s symphonies. Following this, we’ll turn to Beethoven himself, a man obsessed with the motif of “fate knocking at the door” as A2SO concertmaster Aaron Berofsky performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The evening concludes with Rimsky-Korsakoff’s symphonic suite, Scheherazade, a musical representation of a bride and her 1,001 life-saving stories. Join us in Hill Auditorium on December 11 for your A2SO’s family-friendly Holiday Pops tradition.
Amidst the darkness of the winter, Michigan Theater will come alive on January 23 with the magic go Mozart and Viennese music. We begin the evening with international piano icons Arthur Greene and Christopher Harding in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for 2 Pianos. Following this fiery double concerto, we will hear the influence of Mozart in Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, Ravel’s La Valse, and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite. The music of Hollywood brings our favorite films to life. For some of us, it is what first got us interested in orchestral music. On March 13 & 14, we celebrate the magic of film music in our Night at the Movies program.
We all know that the past influences the present. Our season finale on April 24 revisits this intertwined commentary on music history as we open with Unsuk Chin’s Frontispiece, a self-described “timelapse of the history of music.” We will then hear Sergei Babayan light up the keys in Rachmaninoff’s melodious second piano concerto. The 20/21 season comes to an epic conclusion with Act III of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, performed in collaboration with the UMS Choral Union.
Past Meets Present
CARLOS SIMON'S FATE NOW CONQUERS WAS INSPIRED BY ONE OF BEETHOVEN'S JOURNAL ENTRIES FROM 1815. THE TOPIC OF FATE HAS BEEN ON HUMANITY'S MIND FOR CENTURIES. FATE NOW CONQUERS WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA IN 2020 AS A CELEBRATION OF BEETHOVEN'S 250TH BIRTHDAY.
PHILOSOPHICALLY, CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS' 13-MINUTE RAINBOW BODY IS INSPIRED BY THE TIBETAN BUDDHIST BELIEF THAT THE ENLIGHTENED BODY IS ABSORBED BACK INTO THE UNIVERSE UPON DEATH. MELODICALLY, THE PIECE IS STRUCTURED AROUND "AVE MARIA, O AUCTRIX VITE", A 12-CENTURY CHANT BY HILDEGARD OF BINGEN. RAINBOW BODY WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY IN 2000.
UNSUK CHIN'S FRONTISPIECE IS SELF DESCRIBED AS A "TIME LAPSE OF MUSIC HISTORY." THE PIECE BRINGS FAMOUS SYMPHONIES FROM DIFFERENT PERIODS INTO CONVERSATION WITH EACH OTHER. YOU WILL HEAR MUSICAL FRAGMENTS OF BRAHMS, BRUCKNER, TCHAIKOVSKY, STRAUSS, STRAVINSKY, SCRIABIN, WEBERN, AND IVES ALL JOINING TOGETHER TO CREATE NEW MUSICAL OUTCOMES.
By The Numbers
Year of First A2SO Performance
Musicians in Your A2SO
September 10, 2020 | Goodyear Plays Beethoven
September 11, 2020 | Beethoven 7
October 17, 2020 | Brahms & Copland
November 14, 2020 | Beethoven & Scheherazade
December 11, 2020 | Holiday Pops
January 23, 2021 | Mozart's Vienna
March 13 & 14, 2021 | Night at the Movies
March 20, 2021 | Tchaikovsky & Sibelius
April 24, 2021 | Rachmaninoff & Wagner