Apologies for the lack in posts – summer is a slow time for us, but we hope that you’ve been keeping up with us through Facebook and Twitter which is updated often! There you can find what happened this summer – outdoor concerts, Souper Summer Symphony Camp, the final Leap recital of the year, a picture with the Camden Rivershark… However, the weather is cooling down – the leaves are changing into four colors and you see more people in scarves, boots and coats, which can only mean that our season is about to pick up. We’re excited about that and we hope you are too!
The 2011 – 2012 season for Symphony in C promises to be one of the best yet, with each concert containing a favorite major work in the symphonic orchestra repertoire paired with lesser known, but equally wonderful works and/or exciting and new pieces. Our first concert (on October 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Gordon Theater on Rutgers University’s Camden Campus) has Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on the program – a thrilling way to open a season! If you are unfamiliar with the work, it is a five-movement piece, which requires a large number of musicians in the orchestra, that tells a story and paints a vivid picture through its memorable melodies. It is a programmatic piece based on Berlioz’s own life – with his infatuation and later frustration with Harriet Smithson, an actress in a Shakespeare play. Through his own revisions of the piece (and as a fun fact) the artistic character Berlioz portrays through his work is dosed with Opium and dreams throughout the whole piece.
The first piece on the program is Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Like Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, it is another programmatic work – this one based on the tale of Faust (Lenau’s version), where Mephistopheles and Faust are at a wedding party and Mephistopheles forces Faust to dance with the bride, in which they lose themselves in their own little world.
As these two works are probably the most familiar to audiences, perhaps we should focus on the work that will premiere on the east coast for the first time – Ricardo Lorenz’s Canciones de Jara, which will feature acclaimed soloist and the President of the Curtis Institute of Music, Roberto Diaz.
Venezuelan-born composer, Ricardo Lorenz portrays the narrative, emotions and content found in Victor Jara’s (a Chilean singer/songwriter) songs. The solo viola is meant to convey Jara’s wide range of dramatic feelings – sadness, brevity and optimism.
Roberto Diaz requested Lorenz to write a concerto for him, and with a combination of hearing the expressiveness Diaz was able to emote through his viola and Jara’s songs, came the birth of Lorenz’s Canciones de Jara for Viola and Orchestra with an invitation by Michigan State University’s Symphony Director, Leon Gregorian; a grant from Michigan State University’s Office of the Vice-President for Research; and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
We’re excited for this concert – along with the season – and we hope you are too! Join us for these wonderful works!