Though composers the world over have always found inspiration in the seasons, this concert focuses on a distinctly American palette, evoking the pastoral colors of Appalachia, the snowed forests of New England, the sun-soaked Piedmont, and the rolling plains beyond the Mississippi. The concert features a performance of the original 13-instrument chamber suite of Aaron Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize in Music upon its premiere at the Library of Congress, along with works by Edward MacDowell, Steve Danyew, and George Gershwin.
George Gershwin – “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
Steve Danyew – Winter Song
Edward MacDowell – Woodland Sketches
Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring
The ensemble ad|hoc, a music collective comprising young classical musicians of the Washington metro area, is pleased to present this free concert thanks to support from the Church of the Little Flower and its parish donors.
Free parking on site.
Erika Nickrenz, piano
Sara Parkins, violin
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Beethoven Triple Concerto in C Major
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”)
The acclaimed Eroica Trio, winner of the prestigious Naumberg Award, teams up with the National Philharmonic for a performance of Beethoven’s Triple, one of the most unusual concertos in the Western tradition. It is a work of irresistible appeal, at once intimate and symphonic in style.
The “Eroica” Symphony, composed in 1803-04, is a groundbreaking work in Beethoven’s stylistic development, bringing together classical control and romantic exuberance. Famously, Beethoven had originally dedicated the work to Napoleon Bonaparte, in recognition of what he thought were Napoleon’s democratic ideals. The dedication was scratched out, however, after an angry Beethoven discovered that Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor of the French, and the title “Eroica” was used instead.
SAT SEPT 21, 2019, 8pm
SUN SEPT 22, 2019, 3pm
Sat: Pre-concert lecture, 6:45-7:15pm; Sun: 1:45-2:15pm
Sat + Sun: Member Encore Q&A
Sun 2-2:30pm: Meet the Musicians
Sunday, 20 October 2019 3:00 pm at Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902. Admission is free, $20 suggested donation.
A “Conversation Concert” is a unique event, where soloists, chorus and orchestra are employed to illustrate points of a pre-performance lecture. In twenty minutes, we explore the musical and historical context of the programmed work, in order to make the composer’s efforts more accessible to our modern ears, and more relevant to our contemporary way of life. Following the introduction, we perform the entire work, uninterrupted.
For our annual Wheaton Conversation Concert programs ChorSymphonica presents the introductory lectures in English and Spanish. The spectacular piece to be introduced and performed: Bach’s great motet for 5-part choir and orchestra, “Jesu, meine Freude,” BWV 227. Conceived as a training piece for his Leipzig boy choir, Die Thomaner, this motet contains some of the most sublime music ever written for chorus.
“ChorSymphonica, is the real deal and a jewel in the DC Metro area. The Conversation Concerts are just really cool and uplifting. I always feel grounded and happy when I attended, because it’s Bach to my roots and I can get a Handel on the things that are important.” – Cate F.-N., Silver Spring
Joining us again this year is Dr. Diana V. Sáez, Director of Choral Activities at Towson University. Well-known to Montgomery County audiences through her twenty-five year tenure as Conductor and Artistic Director of the outstanding Latin-American choral group Cantigas, she now is passing on her experience and expertise in the choral music field to the next generation of conductors and musicians as a faculty member at Towson University. Dr. Sáez will translate the introduction into Spanish for our audience.
Leading the effort to introduce this great piece of choral music to our audience is ChorSymphonica’s Artistic Director and Conductor Richard Allen Roe. This is a musical and educational event not to be missed! For more information visit https://chorsymphonica.org/wheaton-conversation-concert/ or call (240) 888-1035.