Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony
sam. 14/04/2018 de 19h30 à 21h30
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
West Valley City - The West Valley Symphony of Utah presents a concert featuring the “A London Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, under the direction of Donny Gilbert, Saturday, April 14nd at 7:30 p.m.
Jean Sibelius’ "Finlandia” leads off the program. Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. Towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serenely melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius's own creation. It is one of the most important national songs of Finland.
"Piano Concerto in A minor", Op. 16, composed by Edvard Grieg in 1868, was the only concerto Grieg completed and is one of his most popular works and among the most popular of all piano concerti. It was also the first piano concerto ever recorded. You won’t want to miss piano soloist Krystal Cardon’s fiery and sensitive interpretation of the first movement.
Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46 is the incidental musical suite to Henrik Ibsen's 1867 play of the same name. Grieg extracted eight movements to make two four-movement suites. The orchestra will perform two movements of the suite including Morning Moods and the iconic In the Hall of the Mountain King
The concert concludes with the monumental “London Symphony”, the second symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The work is sometimes referred to as Symphony No. 2, though it was not designated as such by the composer. First performed in 1914, the four-movement symphony was lost, reconstructed and later modified by Vaughan Williams. It represents Vaughan Williams impressions of the city from the quiet, fog-shrouded opening to the noisy awakening of London, the pastoral evocation of Bloomsbury Square on a November afternoon and the hustle and bustle of "The Strand” and “New Cut” to the distant murmur of the River Thames as it passes away from London on its way to its ultimate destination, the North Sea.
The West Valley Symphony, now in its 27th season is an all-volunteer orchestra of nearly 60 musicians, performing 3-5 concerts each year. We appreciate the hospitality of the staff of the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Admission is Free. No tickets required. For additional information, contact Eric Kartchner (801) 746-0792. www.westvalleysymphonyutah.org
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