Scotch on the Strings
November 5, 2021
In-person or livestreamed to your home: 7:30pm
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons St, Lone Tree, CO 80124
Children (12 and under): $9
Spend a merry evening with the Arapahoe Phil exploring the influence of Scotland on classical music. Travel the beautiful, rolling landscape of Scotland through Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. Feel the rhythm of Scottish folk music in Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” and hear a legendary epic in Scottish composer Thea Musgrave’s “Song of the Enchanter.” Then raise a glass with Brahm’s “Academic Festival Overture”- an irreverent potpourri of drinking songs written for a university that awarded Brahms an honorary doctorate. From toe-tappers to glorious melodies, this concert has it all!
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More About “Scotch on the Strings”
Music that celebrates the traditions of making merriment is always a blast for the orchestra. Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony was inspired by his travels there in 1829. The sound and opening of the symphony evoke the mysterious sky and rolling mystical landscape that abound. Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture was written as a slight to a University that awarded the composer an honorary doctorate. Instead of a highfalutin symphonic triumph, Brahms decided to fill the overture with a boisterous potpourri of drinking songs.
To add to the Scottish Symphony, the Arapahoe Phil will also bring to life Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances, which will leave our audience no choice but to click your heels. We also are honored to present the music of Scottish composer Thea Musgrave. Her Song of the Enchanter was composed to honor the 125th Anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ birth. The music is based on the legend of the Kalevala: it’s hero Väinämäines, performs music that makes everyone weep. When he gets around to weeping from his own music (a bit narcissistic maybe?), his tears turn into pearls and are scooped up by sea-birds. We hope that the variety of music portraying the magic of Scotland and the spirit of its people will fill your emotional palette across the spectrum.