• Saturday, Sep. 28, 2019

LONG BEACH SYMPHONY OPENING NIGHT: 85TH ANNIVERSARY


LONG BEACH SYMPHONY OPENING NIGHT: 85TH ANNIVERSARY

We open the celebration of our 85th Anniversary with music by Hungarian composer Ligeti (b. 1923), whose music has been heard in soundtracks to some of Stanley Kubrick’s most famous movies: The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In contrast to those, his Romanian Concerto incorporates folk melodies from his childhood. Despite those innocent roots, it was still considered too modernist for communist Hungary when it was composed in 1951 and was not performed publicly until 1971. Like Ligeti, Bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák was also adept at weaving folk songs into his music, as can be heard in his Violin Concerto, one of Dvořák’s most popular works. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 bears testimony to the composer’s skill as an orchestrator and his powerful evocation of the idea of fate throughout.
 

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