On April 27 at 8:00 PM, the Long Beach Symphony will present yet another “don’t miss” concert entitled Mozart’s Jupiter with highly sensory works by Pärt, Mozart, Golijov, and Korngold that will put audiences in touch with their inner selves and send them into the stratosphere. The concert will take place in the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E. Ocean Boulevard).
Pärt’s other-worldly Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1977) begins with the tolling of a single bell that leads you on a sensory journey, ending with a chord of such breadth and intensity that it alters your breathing and you feel your body being pressed into the ground as you decompress back to earth. The simplicity of this work was influenced by Pärt’s mystical experiences with chant music from which he developed his signature tintinnabuli style that begins and ends with scored silence. The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the death of the English composer Benjamin Britten, whom he greatly admired. One listener said, “I’m not sure any piece of music will express as well the idea of being utterly bereft.”
Mozart also demonstrated his mastery of simplicity in his Symphony No. 41 in C Major, nicknamed Jupiter. The main theme of the 4th movement consists of only 4 notes, which Mozart skillfully marries with other motifs to create a grand fugato at the end. Sheer genius! Mozart himself had nothing to do the work’s subtitle “Jupiter”. That originated in London around 1821 and may have been inspired by the flourishes of the trumpets and drums in the first movement.
Composed 2010 by Argentine composer Golijov, Sidereus was co-commissioned by thirty-six orchestras in honor of Henry Fogel, the former head of the League of American Orchestras.It was written to commemorate Galileo, and it definitely evokes celestial, galactic feelings with its rich brass and the momentum of the underlying rhythmic sections. Since its premiere, controversy has arisen concerning whether the composer plagiarized some of the material, though that seems to have resolved itself.
The final work on the evening’s program is from Erich Korngold, who in the 1940s became the star among Hollywood film composers. Audiences will be smitten by the rapturous melodies in his Violin Concerto, many of which were taken from film scores.
It will be interpreted by guest violinist Simone Porter (b. 1996). Ms. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. More recently, she has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.
Simone’s emergence on the international concert circuit has coincided with her studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she met Gustavo Dudamel and performed with him for her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2015.
Concertgoers may enjoy the pre-concert talk that begins at 7:00 PM. For those who prefer to mix and mingle, there will be music in the lobby and, weather permitting, firepits outdoors on the plaza. Doors open at 6:30 PM and concert starts promptly at 8:00 PM.
Tickets to the concert start at $29 with student tickets available for $10. For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call 562-436-3203 ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.com.
The Symphony’s final classical concert of the 2018-19 season will present Beethoven’s epic 9th Symphony that ends with vocal soloists and chorus promoting universal brotherhood in the Ode to Joy libretto by Schiller, and Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music.
Concert sponsored in part by the Robert D. Hanson Fund.
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