Springfield Symphony Orchestra concert to present a world premiere
“I hope this composition will provide a means of optimism and encourage us all to reflect on the question ‘what is the basis of our expectation for a better future,'” Jaquith said of the article.
Elgar’s “Cello Concerto” will be conducted by guest cellist Jolyon Pegis. It was composed in the aftermath of World War I and differs from “Light on the Horizon”.
To complete the show, “The Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana, inspired by the longest river in the Czech Republic. The program notes describe the play as “time and circumstances come and go like nature itself, and give us hope for a better future”, which echoes Jaquith’s play.
“I chose to add the Smetana ‘Moldau’ as it is a familiar tune and a favorite for many of us,” Wilson said.
He also said this repertoire lends itself to cycling replacement musicians in the mix with four canceled and a fifth in quarantine but hoping to join the gig. But Wilson kept his good humor about the situation.
“The things they didn’t teach me in management school,” Wilson said.
This show will run without intermission to minimize audience exposure.
Jaquith will speak about the creation of “Light on the Horizon” during the pre-show concert conference at the Performing Arts Center’s Turner Studio Theater at 6:45 p.m.
Clark State is requiring PAC audience members to wear masks to attend this performance. Remote places will be available.
HOW TO GET THERE
What: Springfield Symphony Orchestra – “Light on the Horizon”
Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 29
Admission: $40.40 to $66
More info: 937-328-3874 or visit www.springfieldartscouncil.org/.