Thanks to Universal Music Company, and owners Jim and Millie Patterson, for sponsoring the Concerto Competition.
Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m.
Classic Children’s Corner at 7:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.
Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Written in a mere two and a half months (in stark contrast to our opening Brahms symphony), this piece was a thank you to the admissions board of the Bohemian Academy. Dvorak loved the music of his homeland, and so Bohemian folk music provides the entirety of thematic material for this symphony. In particular, the third movement is a gorgeous traditional waltz that never fails to sweep its listeners off their feet. It’s also one of the shorter symphonies in the repertoire, running at 36 minutes. It’s one half-hour of perfect beauty.
Mason Bates “Warehouse Medicine,” from The B-Sides
Like the forgotten bands from the flipside of an old piece of vinyl, The B-Sides offers brief landings on a variety of peculiar planets, unified by a focus on fluorescent orchestral sonorities and the morphing rhythms of electronica. Equally informed by Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra as it is by a variety of American vernacular music, Warehouse Medicine is an homage to techno’s birthplace — the empty warehouses of Detroit. Huge brass swells and out-of-tune pizzicati emulate some of the visceral sonorities of techno, and on this pounding note The B-Sides bows out.