The New Britain Symphony Orchestra is excited to open its 69th season on Nov 5, 2017 with CELEBRATION, a full-symphony orchestra concert of works reflecting beginnings, endings, and the triumph of hope over adversity. The Orchestra, under the baton of Musical Director Ertan Seyyar Sener, will perform 4 pieces:
Overture to Candide Leonard Bernstein
First Suite in E-flat major for Military Band Gustave Holst
Clarinet Concerto in A major K. 622 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op.67 Ludwig von Beethoven
The concert will open with the Overture to Candide from Leonard Bernstein’s 1957 operetta based on the Voltaire novella of the same name. The piece is a lighthearted blending of four featured tunes from the operetta, all reflecting the theme,” All’s for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”
Holst’s Suite in E-flat major for Military Band, completed on 1909, is the first major work ever written to showcase wind, brass and percussion. The three movements, Chaconne, Intermezzo, and March, are all based on English folk tunes and carols, and are meant to be played continuously; the exuberant work is considered to be one of the best known and most loved pieces ever written for military bands.
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, featuring soloist James Kleiner, was Mozart’s last orchestral work, completed less than 2 months before his death in 1791, when he was at the height of his powers. The piece moves from the light and joyful Allegro, through the measured and melodic Adagio to the final Rondo, a bouncy“whirlwind of sound” .
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67, opens with arguably the 4 most famous notes in classical music, known as the Fate motif. The work, first performed in 1808, was written while Beethoven was suffering from worsening deafness; the Symphony progresses from the dramatic opening movement Sonata through the lyric Andante, the thunderous Scherzo, and the joyful Finale.
The concert will take place Sunday, Nov, 5 2017 at 3 pm. in Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Hall. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, and free for children and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at newbritainsymphony.org., or by phone at 860 823-6344.