Concerts & Tickets - Saturday, 23 November 2019

Garde Arts Center
New London, Connecticut
Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 7:30 PM
The ECSO continues its 73rd season with an array of pieces that showcase the wide scope of the orchestral repertoire. Opening the concert in bombastic fashion is an arrangement of the iconic rock band Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a prog-rock operetta and one of their most popular songs. The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus joins to open the concert with this piece. Composer Charles Frink, an original member of the ECSO, and good friend of founding Music Director, Victor Norman, grew to become a well-known New London composer and educator. His piece entitled John Henry, after the American folk figure, features the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Chorus. Originally premiered by Victor Norman and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus (ECSC), the ECSO and ECSC revisits this piece under the baton of its current Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. Composer Richard Strauss’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration, based on the poem by Alexander Ritter, depicts the process of death, and coming to terms with life’s accomplishments. The work’s final theme is an uplifting and jubilant celebration of transition. The concert closes with Johannes Brahms’ lush and exciting Violin Concerto performed by 2019 ECSO Instrumental Competition winner, Hannah Cho. Brahms wrote this piece in consultation with his friend, violinist Joseph Joachim. It is regarded as one of the most epic works of the violin repertoire for both performers and listeners.
Presenters: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus; Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody
Arranger: Fedor Vrtacnik
Frink: John Henry
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 "Death and Transfiguration"
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
Artist: Hannah Cho (Violin)
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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Britten: Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a
Vaughan Williams: Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"
Mahler: Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Verdi: I lombardi
Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Nielsen: Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85
Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
Snider: Disquiet
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
Smetana: The Moldau
Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Liszt: Les préludes, S 97
Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Strauss: Four Last Songs
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Berlioz: Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9
Wagner: Die Meistersinger, prelude
Elgar: Coronation Ode, Op. 44
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Novacek: Intoxication
Mussorgsky: The Great Gate of Kiev
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Coolidge: Pioneer Dances
Copland: Suite from Our Town
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Kern: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 "Death and Transfiguration"
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture, Op. 67
Dvorak: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

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