Concert of the University Symphony Orchestra: The last dance
With guest Tiffany Blake, soprano
The University Symphony Orchestra, led by Wes Kenney, will perform two dance-inspired works this week: Edvard Grieg Symphonic Dances and the iconic Igor Stravinsky The Sacred of Spring (The Rite of Spring).
In between, CSU faculty artist Tiffany Blake will perform the beautiful Last four songs by Richard Strauss to complete the program. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 and 4 at UCA’s Griffin Concert Hall.
the Four symphonic dances by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg explores his country’s rich folk music heritage and is considered the pinnacle of his orchestral writing. “These four dance pieces create a good drama and people can easily recognize them,” Kenney says of the work composed at the end of the 19th century. Written a year before his death, Strauss’ Last four songs are lush romantic poems that showcase the soprano voice, and the performance stars Blake.
The program ends with the iconic work of Stravinsky The Rite of Spring performed at CSU for the first time. “In many ways the program could be called Beauty and the Beast, as you will be mesmerized by the charming essence of Strauss and blown away by the performance of The ritualKenney explained enthusiastically.
Stravinsky’s ballet score is famous for the riot that followed at the premiere. The work for a gigantic orchestra – nearly 100 students, including five-horn, eight-horn woodwinds, and massive percussion drums – is as fun to watch as it is to hear, and “might be one of the loudest concerts ever. I’ve never seen her at UCA, ”Kenney said with a laugh.
“It is also an opportunity for young musicians to do something that they may not do in their lifetime,” said the conductor of an activity that requires oral comprehension, thinking skills. , concentration, coordination and cooperation. “They improved their life skills through practice and the rehearsal process.”
Stravinsky’s intensity reinforces the vital musicality and centering required to execute the entire program. “Especially in this contemporary culture, it seems impossible to put phones and computers away for several hours, but our music students are special because of the concentration required to practice,” said the proud maestro.
Elegant Last four songs enigmatic The Rite of Spring, the incredible cooperation of the large orchestra comes to fruition as “The Last Dance” takes clients on a musically moving journey. Tickets are available at csuartstickets.com.