17 | 18 Classical One

Carmina Burana

| Carmina Burana |

| Classical One |

We open this season’s magnificent Davidson Classical Series with a matched pair of masterworks. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in its virtuoso orchestration by Maurice Ravel, opens the program, followed by Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s gripping rendition of medieval poetry.

“In my opinion, Carl Orff’s most important contribution to music is not Carmina Burana, but his philosophy of music education known as Orff-Schulwerk. It has become ubiquitous and international.” – Nicolas Pappone, HSO Principal Violin II

If you’ve ever sung and danced in first grade music class, that’s Orff.
If you ever banged on a little plastic xylophone or drum, that’s Orff.

His affection for teaching music to children is crucial to understanding his music.

“In Orff-Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms. –The American-Orff Schulwerk Association

You must have a childlike awe of the fantastical to appreciate Carmina Burana.  This is why this music speaks to you viscerally — it is designed to feel good in your body.

If you were an enthusiastic first grader and you banged that toy drum a little too hard, Orff would have smiled at you, not scolded.

Tickets to Carmina Burana can be purchased here:
http://www.hso.org/concerts/carmina-burana/

Visit our blog to read more about the opening piece for the first concert:
http://www.hso.org/pictures_cl1/


Meet the Author:

LAUREN JONES

Lauren Jones is the the Marketing & Development Associate for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Lauren is responsible for managing our social media accounts across all platforms, tracking marketing functions for all marketing campaigns, and coordinating and confirming special event details. Lauren’s background is in broadcasting and communications.

| Classical One |

| Pictures at an Exhibition |

By: Lauren Jones


We open this season’s magnificent Davidson Classical Series with a matched pair of masterworks. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in its virtuoso orchestration by Maurice Ravel, opens the program, followed by Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s gripping rendition of poetry.

Pictures at an Exhibition was originally a solo piano piece composed by Modest Mussorgsky. It was inspired by a visit to an art exhibition showcasing the work of his close friend, Viktor Hartmann, who died suddenly in 1873 at age 39 of an aneurysm.

Shortly after the artist’s death, Mussorgsky felt the need to capture his exhibit in music. Pictures at an Exhibition was composed in June of 1874, when Mussorgsky’s career and health were in decline. This music – compelling and evocative, enchanting and terrifying by turns – was a private memorial shared among friends, and the piece would go unpublished during the composer’s lifetime.

In 1922, its orchestration was commissioned by the famous Russian conductor Serge Koussevitzky in 1922. Koussevitzky asked the French composer Maurice Ravel to do the orchestration.

We will be hearing much more about Ravel for our Classical Two concert on November 3, 2017.

Pictures at an Exhibition combines Mussorgsky’s imaginative music with Ravel’s genius orchestration.

Although some “pictures” have been lost, this website [http://korschmin.com/pictures-at-an-exhibition/ ] details many of the works from the Hartmann exhibition.


Written by Lauren Jones, HSO Marketing & Development Associate, with information provided by Nicholas Pappone, Principal, Violin II


Meet the Author:

LAUREN JONES

Lauren Jones is the the Marketing & Development Associate for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Lauren is responsible for managing our social media accounts across all platforms, tracking marketing functions for all marketing campaigns, and coordinating and confirming special event details. Lauren’s background is in broadcasting and communications.

2016-2017 Season

The 2016-2017 season has been announced! See the full schedule below.

New Subscriptions will go on sale May 30, 2016,
– seat assignment after June 15, 2016.
Single Tickets will go on sale July 1, 2016.

Full Schedule

Canadian Brass – March 12

Canadian-Brass-Blog-Image

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra is joined by the world famous Canadian Brass Saturday, March 12, at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC. Don’t miss this evening of lively, colorful music inspired by the Americas!

Buy Tickets

Telemann at the Table – March 6

We invite you to join us March 6 at the Huntsville Depot Roundhouse for dinner while the HSO performs musical pieces by composer Georg Philip Telemann. Ticket sales close on Friday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m.

Buy Tickets

FREE Family Concert – February 27

FFC-Cover-Photo

Carnival of the Animals
Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
FREE Family Activities: 9:30 a.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

The FREE Family Concert is a program designed for audiences of all ages.

Who wouldn’t love to hear musical bears, roosters, donkeys, and the liveliest fossils you’ve ever experienced? It’s music for all to enjoy, presented in collaboration with the talents and artistry of our friends from the Huntsville Ballet Company, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater, and the Academy for Academics and Arts.

Learn More

Enescu, Vajda, and Dvořák – February 13

The composers of tonight’s performance – one Romanian, one Hungarian, one Czech – present a diverse but beautiful evening of music. This concert promises something new, something familiar, and something inspiring — warm music on a cold February evening.

Buy Tickets

Diamonds are Forever – February 6

Facebook-Cover-Photo-2

Hear the beautiful vocalist Hilary Kole sing the music of James Bond along with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy this iconic music, including the Academy Award®-nominated songs “Live and Let Die,” “For Your Eyes Only,” as well as the Oscar-winning “Skyfall.” You won’t want to miss this powerhouse performance.

Buy Tickets

The HSO’s 2015-2016 Season has been announced!

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s 61st season takes us on a musical JOURNEY around the world. In an homage to the strong European-German roots of the HSO, music by composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mozart, and Telemann, will take us to Austria and Germany; we’ll JOURNEY across the ocean with Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, and take off to places like Turkey, Romania, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and then back across the Atlantic for the sounds of America. The JOURNEY will end with the HSO’s Brahms Festival season finale!

Learn More