Saturday, October 5, 2019
Featuring music of legendary myths past and present, plus performance by a potential
legend-in-the-making, Benjamin Hodson.
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Our 61st season opens with a concert celebrating the music of legendary myths past and present, plus performance by a potential legend-in-the-making.
Soar with the dynamic music from two award-winning film scores: John Powell’s How to Train Your Dragon and Howard Shore’s iconic The Lighting of the Beacons from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The classically trained Powell’s credits include scores for Happy Feet, Kung Fu Panda, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Shore’s work on the final installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ring series that captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere, is the most expansive of the three scores.
We highlight the dramatic and emotional music from one of the movie’s best-known scenes. When Richard Wagner, the composer of the original “Ring” series, first conceived Der Ring das Nibelungen in the 1840s, he envisioned it as a single opera called Siegfried’s Death. Although his concept grew to become a legendary cycle of four operas, the moment of Siegfried’s death brings the strands of the plot together, combining epic grandeur and poignant humanity.
Soviet composer Dmitry Kabalevsky spent much of his career in efforts to connect children to music. He wrote, “Children have always held a special place in my musical life. For me, there can be neither music nor life without children.” It is fitting then, that we feature Benjamin Hodson, a 2019 winner of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra’s statewide competition. This talented Great Falls youth will perform Kabalevsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
The tragic tale of the Greek mythological lovers Medea and Jason is the basis for American composer Samuel Barber’s Medea’s Dance of Vengeance. Cinematic in texture, the music conjures up all the emotion of two people caught in nets of jealousy and destructive love. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome is a suite of four movements depicting nature and the iconic pine trees located throughout Rome at various times of day: Pines of the Villa Borghese, The Pines Near a Catacomb, The Pines of the Janiculum, and The Pines of the Appian Way. The orchestra, especially our brass section, will be expansive for this exceptional piece. A nightingale graces one of the movements.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Great Falls College MSU
Broaden your knowledge and appreciation of music with Maestro Grant Harville’s Symphony Previews—a series of fun, informative, (and free!) discussions about each concert in the Silver Series. Join us at Great Falls College MSU Thursday noon the week of the concert and feel free to bring your lunch.