Main Line Symphony Orchestra - Spring Concert
The MLSO Spring Concert features Ricardo Morales, the extraordinary principal clarinetist with the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra!
Concert Program: Storytelling
Music for a Scene from Shelley
Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, was the inspiration for Samuel Barbers Music for a Scene from Shelley, written in the summer of 1933. The young composer imagined this as incidental music evoking the voices in the air imploring Asia (goddess of love) to bring back sympathy and love to mankind through Prometheus release.
Les Troyens, Royal Hunt and Storm Overture
This symphonic interlude comes between Acts III and IV of Les Troyens, Berliozs operatic masterpiece composed in the years 1856-1858. It represents the fateful culmination of the love of Dido and Aeneas, and yet neither of them sings. Berlioz always felt that the orchestra on its own can express as much as, if not more than, the human voice when it comes to powerful dramatic feelings.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is remembered in music history as one of the leading exponents of Impressionism, characterized by lush colors and textures, and great subtleties of shape and contour.
In music, the works of Debussy represent the extraordinarily beautiful musical palette of colors that personify Impressionism.
As is the case with many other compositions for clarinet by the great masters, Debussy composed the Première Rhapsodie towards the end of his life. The piece was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1910.
Ricardo Morales, Clarinet Soloist
Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Chair
Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony #6 in F Major
The Sixth Symphony is one of only two symphonies Beethoven intentionally named. Beethoven's full title was "Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life." Although it was composed in the same time period and dedicated to the same people as the Fifth, the works have many differences. The "Pastoral" is known as a characteristic symphony and closely resembles "Le musical de la nature" by Rheinish composer Justin Heinrich Knecht.
Beethoven publicly declared the piece's "extramusical" purpose: an expression of nature. His affinity for nature and his love for walks through the country outside Vienna were captured in the Sixth, as well as in the notes scribbled on sketches of the symphony.
Tickets are also available at the door, children 13 and under are admitted free with paying adult
Valley Forge Middle School (View)
105 West Walker Road
Wayne, PA 19087
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