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Listeners' Choice with Duane Funderburk, Pianist
Everett Civic Auditorium
Everett, WA
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Join the Everett Philharmonic on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3 PM for the exciting conclusion to our Eighth concert season! Listening to our listeners' requests, we are delighted to present a program specially selected by our audience.
EPOs Listener's Choice features two works by Scandinavian composers and a wonderful Romantic period piano concerto.

The "Helios Overture" is Danish composer Carl Nielsen's postcard to us from his 1903 trip to Greece. It is a musical description of a day watching the bay near Athens, from sunrise to sunset. As you would expect, the colors go from dark (low strings and mysterious horn calls) to light (full orchestra with trumpet fanfares) and back to dark (quiet violas and horns over a pedal point.)  The Overture is easily accessible and has become one of Nielsen's most widely performed works.

Pianist, Duane Funderburk, is well known in the Pacific NW having begun his music studies in Seattle and attended Seattle Pacific and U of W.  We are delighted to have him on our stage performing Robert Schumann's "Piano Concerto in a minor, Op 54", one of the most lyrical in the repertoire. It starts singing from the first minute and doesn't let up. Even the transitional passages are melodic. In the slow movement, the melodies continue: a gentle tune moving mostly by steps is contrasted with a more expressive one moving by leaps. The expected flurry of notes finally arrives in the happy last movement. Throughout this piece, Schumann's poetic side is on full charge, and Mr. Funderburk will absolutely do it justice-PlUS.

Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, had one foot in the 19th Century and one in the 20th. While respecting the traditions and forms of the symphony, he hoped to find a new way of writing, a way where the music would grow organically. The method he came up with was to begin with simple ideas and eventually combine, build on, and elaborate them. The many different parts are woven together into a beautiful tapestry. "Symphony #2 in D Major, Op 43", written in 1902, starts with a handful of repeated chords. The chords then support a short melody, and the work grows from there. As it evolves, fragments are joined, single lines are harmonized, and all is put together. The work has a variety of moods: the loneliness of the extended second movement is contrasted by the frantic motion of the third. The opening of the last movement grows from trumpet fanfares, while a wonderful extended melody on top of a rolling accompaniment brings the work to a most satisfying conclusion. Come enjoy Sibelius' unique approach to creating a symphony.

  Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs will share his insights and historical details at the pre-concert stage side chat at 2:00 pm. Our wonderful soloist will likely join our Maestro for some of his 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!

Note: No refunds or exchanges.  All sales are final.
Sunday May 06, 2018 2:00 PM - Sunday May 06, 2018 5:00 PM | Free - $25.00


Everett Civic Auditorium (View)
2415 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Symphony
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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