2017 | 2018 Classical 2

| Ravel and Debussy |

| Classical Two |

Friday, November 3, 2017
7:30 p.m., VBC Concert Hall

Friends or foes?

Who copied whom?

Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, two of the most important and influential French composers of the early 20th century, have very interesting backgrounds…. that often intertwine.

The two shared similar backgrounds and influences as both resided in Paris during roughly the same time. The Paris art world of their day was addicted to scandal and controversy, and none was more enticing that rivalry between the young Ravel and the older, more established Debussy.

Ravel and Debussy were mostly on cordial terms, and shared mutual friends; however, they were often quite critical of each other’s works, for better or worse.

In 1895, Ravel composed a Habanera for two pianos. This Cuban-inspired dance made an impression on Debussy, who was present at an early performance. Debussy’s Evening in Granada, composed in 1903, borrows heavily and unmistakably from it. Ravel made his Habanera the centerpiece of Rapsodie espagnole for orchestra.

A few years later, Ravel commented on Debussy’s most recent composition: “If I had the time, I would reorchestrate La mer.”

Despite often being categorized as ‘Impressionists’, both composters wrote music with very distinctive characteristics.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here → https://www.hso.org/concerts/ravel-and-debussy/

Written by Lauren Jones, HSO Marketing & Development Associate, with information provided by Curtis Lindsay, HSO General Manager

 


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.

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:
https://www.hso.org/concerts/carmina-burana/

Visit our blog to read more about the opening piece for the first concert:
https://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.

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Canadian Brass – March 12

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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!

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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.

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FREE Family Concert – February 27

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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.

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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.

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Diamonds are Forever – February 6

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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.

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