May 16th Program Notes
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Arranged by Jerry Brubaker
This is an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Zion hört die Wächter singen (Zion hears the watchmen singing) which is from the cantata, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Awake, calls the voice to us), BWV 140. He also utilized it in a collection entitled, Schübler Chorales. In its original setting, the chorale tenors sing these words.
Trilogy (Ode to Breath)
Arranged by Rebecca Brown
This premiere performance will feature the work of local composer and Symphonicity education contributor, Joseph Umstead. Three movements depict short commemorations of themes that are especially relevant to the societal challenges we have all faced over the last 12 months.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Arranged for string orchestra by Jeremy Liu
Written between 1900 - 1901, it has become among the most famous of piano concerti repertoire. The full range of the instrument is explored through rhapsodic virtuosity that also conveys a full range of human emotion with memorable melodies and hauntingly rich harmonies. Lee Dise offers this detailed commentary.