A Day With Mozart & Nielsen -- Sandy Eastman
Sandy Eastman will be providing LLCC members with yet another opportunity to attend his pre-concert class and the symphony "No Ties Allowed" dress rehearsal for the San Luis Obispo Symphony concert coming up in November.
Beginning with the SLO Symphony's Saturday, November 8th Concert No Ties Allowed Dress Rehearsal, students with ID and children will be FREE. Adults will be $15 and Seniors (age 65 and older) will be $10.
On Saturday, November 8, audiences will see and hear flautist Lorna McGhee at SLO Symphony's concert. Taking the stage at the Performing Arts Center, McGhee will be joined by the symphony to play Neilsen's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra and Mozart's Jupiter Symphony (No. 41)
Sandy will present a lecture about the composers and the performers who will be involved in the Saturday dress rehearsal and the evening orchestra performance. Then you will join Sandy and attend the San Luis Symphony for the No Ties Allowed Dress Rehearsal of that performance for the Classics in the Cohan series.
"The flute cannot deny its own nature," Carl Nielsen wrote. "Its home is in Arcadia and it prefers pastoral moods. Hence the composer has to obey its gentle nature, unless he wants to be branded a barbarian."Considered one of the most gifted wind players of our time, Lorna McGhee is currently the Principal Flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has held the position of guest principal with many orchestras, including the London Symphony and the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. We are honored to announce her premiere performance with the Symphony this season.
Neilsen's Flute concerto mirrors the more modernistic currents of the 1920s and was composed for and premiered by the flautist Gilbert Jespersen.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last symphony, the Jupiter Symphony (No. 41), was written along with two other, full-length symphonies in the summer of 1788 in just six weeks. Mozart had recently been idolized all over Europe for operas such as Don Giovanni and for his spectacular performances of his own piano concertos.
But, by most accounts, Mozart was near the bottom when he wrote it: broke and in debt. His audiences had become interested in other composers. Austria was at war with Turkey. And his newborn daughter had just died.
Still, Mozart was determined to do something revolutionary. That comes in the final movement of the Jupiter Symphony with the composer's use of counterpoint, or weaving together two or more different melodies. Mozart uses five different melodies simultaneously in the Jupiter, making it a challenge for any orchestra that takes it on.
Some have said the Jupiter sums up what had happened in symphonic music up to that point, and that it foreshadows the work of Beethoven. But more than that, it's exuberant and introspective, charming and complicated a lot like life itself.
This course will be in two parts. In the morning, there will be a lecture about the composers, about the pieces that are to be played in the rehearsal, and about the soloists. In the afternoon, the class, as a group, attends the dress rehearsal of the performance. At the dress rehearsal SLO Symphony conductor Mike Nowak will speak as he conducts, giving background information, musicology, and notes on harmony. With Mike's broad knowledge and stage presence, the dress rehearsals are fairly comprehensive.
Saturday, November 8, 2014. 9:00 - 11:00 am. for course, followed by symphony dress rehearsal 1:00 - 3:30 pm.
The morning class will be at the Ludwick Center Assembly Room. The concert rehearsal will be in the Christopher Cohan Center in the PAC at Cal Poly.
Silsby Eastman (Sandy) grew up and spent his working life in the Los Angeles area before moving to Pismo Beach. He has taught at Cuesta and Allan Hancock Colleges and has been playing bassoon, baritone saxophone, and bridge as often as possible. After graduating from Occidental College and Indiana University, he studied conducting bassoon with Walter Ritchie and conducting with Lauris Jones and Richard Lert. He served as a bandsman in the Air Force and taught in San Bernardino, La Canada, Paramount and Agoura Hills. He is also a former member of the Long Beach Coterie Sinfonique, the Pasadena Community Orchestra and the Topanga Symphony.
Saturday, November 8 9am - 4pm SLO Library Conference Room & PAC
Please purchase a separate ticket for each person so that we can have a record of all attendees.
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Ludwick Center Assembly Room (View)
864 Santa Rosa St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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