Wood River Orchestra will perform works by Brahms and Haydn
STORY AND PHOTO OF KAREN BOSSICK
The Wood River Orchestra will perform one of Joseph Haydn’s greatest works at their fall concert on Sunday November 6th.
The orchestra will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, the last symphony he composed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater on the community campus in Hailey.
“This symphony, to which the nickname ‘London’ is often attached, is considered one of Haydn’s greatest works,” said conductor Brad Hershey. “He composed it on his second trip to London, and it premiered in the city on May 4, 1795.”
The free concert, the orchestra’s first since May, will also include Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme of Haydn” and the fourth movement of his first symphony.
“If you listen carefully to the theme of the fourth movement, your ear may want to take you to the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, ‘Ode to Joy,'” Hershey said, noting that the orchestra concluded the concert. last spring with an abridged version of Beethoven’s popular piece.
The Wood River Orchestra was founded in 2007 to enrich the lives of Wood River Valley residents by providing a place for musicians to perform and giving those who enjoy listening to music the chance to see great pieces performed live.
This fall, the orchestra welcomed several accomplished and experienced new musicians alongside a few novices, said Lynne Heidel, violinist and chair of the orchestra’s board of directors.
Heidel said the orchestra welcomes all ages and abilities: “If you think you’re too good to play with us, join us and you’ll make us better. If you think you’re not good enough, join us and we’ll do you better.”
The orchestra performs three main concerts each year, including the popular Christmas holiday concert. Members also play in small groups at community events in the valley.
To learn more or to donate, visit https://www.wrcorchestra.org.
REMEMBER to reset your clock to Mountain Standard Time if you plan to attend Sunday’s concert.