Upcoming Shows

The "Americas"

April 17th - 7:30pm
GPHS Performing Arts Center, Grants Pass

April 18th - 7:30pm
SOU Recital Hall, Ashland

April 19th - 7:30pm
Craterian Theater, Medford

Program:

Williams: “The Cowboys” Overture

Piazzola: Aconcagua Concerto for Bandoneon
Peter Soave, bandoneon

Marquez: Danzon No. 2

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”

We are leaving the season with a bang! What I love about these four pieces is that they have a tremendous popular appeal and yet they do not sacrifice artistic quality. John Williams is the most famous movie music composer of our time and an orchestrator par excellence. I was positively shocked when I heard The Cowboys overture for the first time. I realized that Williams was capable of turning the movie music material into a perfectly “classical” concert overture. Williams will set the festive mood for the rest of the concert. It is a privilege to welcome Peter Soave, likely the most famous bandoneón player in the world, with us. Piazzolla’s Concerto has one foot in a popular (tango) and the other in the classical camp. The fiesta of catchy melodies and irresistible dance rhythms continues with Márquez’s Danzón No. 2. This time the rhythms are of a Mexican provenance. This work currently enjoys a tremendous popularity thanks to Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. It will make you want to stand up in your aisle and start dancing – or at least clap your hands!

We head back home with the last piece on the program. The West Side Story is a modern classic if there ever was one. The Symphonic Dances present tunes from the musical in a virtuosic, brilliantly orchestrated fashion. In this piece, the best of both Americas comes together through Bernstein’s genius.

 

It is a privilege to welcome Peter Soave, likely the most famous bandoneón player in the world, with us. Piazzolla’s Concerto has one foot in a popular (tango) and the other in the classical camp. The fiesta of catchy melodies and irresistible dance rhythms continues with Márquez’s Danzón No. 2. This time the rhythms are of a Mexican provenance. This work currently enjoys a tremendous popularity thanks to Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. It will make you want to stand up in your aisle and start dancing – or at least clap your hands!

Read Notes from Music Director Martin Majkut