Join the Everett Philharmonic on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3 PM for the exciting conclusion to our Seventh concert season! Listening to our listeners' requests, we are delighted to present a program specially selected by our audience. |
A dazzling performance of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture will demand your attention and give you joy!
Rimsky-Korsakov had never heard an orchestra until his father took him to Saint Petersburg to enroll in the College of Naval Cadets at the age of twelve. When he attended his first opera there, it was not the stage spectacle or the singing, but the great sound rising from the pit that excited him most.
Russian Easter was one of Rimsky-Korsakov's most vivid memories of his childhood in Tikhvin, in Novgorod province, where the sound of the nearby monastery bells rang out over the town. Each year, after the long, rough winter, Easter brought an explosion of colorful, joyous celebration. "This legendary and heathen side of the holiday, this transition from the gloomy and mysterious evening of Passion Saturday to the unbridled pagan religious merry making of Easter Sunday, is what I was eager to reproduce in my overture."
Next up the beautiful Violin Concerto in D Major by Johannes Brahms, featuring Maria Sampen.
The long first movement exhibits a kind of bipolar quality, sequences of turbulent emotion sometimes interwoven and sometimes quick-cut with dreamy lyricism.
The Adagio is justly famous for the great oboe melody at its foundation. As you listen to the oboe sing, listen also to the winds around it, forming the harmonies that create the magically serene atmosphere. When the soloist enters with a variant of the oboe tune, violin and orchestra entwine.
The finale reveals the Gypsy in Brahms, but in the end, this is not Brahms the serious composer. Its Brahms the lover of talk, Tokay, and Turkish cigarettes, the man who turned over his thoughts while arranging tin soldiers on his tabletop, the man who liked to sit on a bench in the Prater, watching the world go by.
But wait, there's more! Modest Mussorgsky's brilliant "Pictures at an Exhibition"! One of the most powerful of all creative urges is to memorialize. The results can range from the trivial statues of mounted generals that clutter our parks to the awe of the Pyramids. Yet, perhaps the most powerful creations are those which try to overcome a grievous personal loss by immmortalizing the evanescent.
Victor Hartmann was a close friend who shared Mussorgsky's ideals in his own field of architecture and painting. When Hartmann died in 1874, aged only 39, Mussorgsky was devastated.The following year he saw a memorial exhibit of 400 Hartmann works, including sketches, watercolors and costume designs. Mussorgsky was deeply moved. Seized with inspiration, he quickly reacted to the exhibition by writing a suite of ten piano pieces dedicated to the organizer.
If you have never heard this piece before, don't miss this opportunity. If you have heard it, you won't be able to stay away!
Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs will share his insights and historical details at the pre-concert stage side chat at 2:00 pm. Our wonderful soloists will likely join our Maestro for some of their own comments.
(You will also be able to get your first choice of seating for the concert!)
This is a unique opportunity that you won't want to miss!
|Sunday Apr 30, 2017 3:00 PM - Sunday Apr 30, 2017 5:00 PM | $10.00 - $25.00
Everett Civic Auditorium (View)
2415 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|