Main Line Symphony Orchestra - Spring Concert 2021
The MLSO Spring Concert features Ricardo Morales, the extraordinary principal clarinetist with the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra!
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.
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.
Debussy/Stokowski - Clair de lune
Possibly Debussy's most famous piece, Clair de lune" was originally written for solo piano (1905) and was transcribed for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski. The recording by Stowkowsi and the Philadelphia Orchestra was to be included as a fully orchestrated piece in the 1940 Walt Disney animated film "Fantasia", but was not included in the final cut of the film due to running time issues. The footage for its intended segment (featuring herons in the Florida Everglades at night) was the "Blue Bayou" segment of the later film "Make Mine Music". However, the "Clair de lune" segment was later restored after a workprint of it was rediscovered in 1992, complete with an original score by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and is included as a bonus feature in some later releases of Fantasia.
Debussy/Stokowski The Engulfed Cathedral
La Cathédrale engloutie (The Submerged Cathedral) is a prelude written by Debussy for solo piano. It was published in 1910 as the tenth prelude in Debussys first of two volumes of twelve piano preludes each. It was arranged for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski as The Engulfed Cathedral and released in a recording in 1930.
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
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