April 9, 2018. Concert Notes

Hope and Triumph 

Monday, April 9, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Brunswick High School Auditorium
Luis Haza, Music Director and Conductor


Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso                                       Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Soloist: Maestro Luis Haza, Violin


Symphony No. 2, Op. 27                                                             Sergei Rachmaninoff

          Largo-Allegro moderato

          Allegro molto


          Allegro vivace


Experience Hope and Triumph …  

as the orchestra closes the season with music of hope fulfilled and triumph achieved.

Maestro Luis Haza will open the evening with the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso, the 1989 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language film. It is a sweet, haunting love theme that captures all the gentle, nostalgic feel of the film which centers on a young boy who fulfills his dream to become a filmmaker.  Haza performs on a 1707 Pietro Guarnerius di Mantua violin with a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume picture bow from the Napoleon collection.  Expect the love and passion that our Grammy  award winning and world renowned conductor always give us when he performs on his priceless violin.  Jorge Pena, the symphony’s principal violist and general manager, will conduct the orchestra during this piece.

Then prepare to experience the sheer power and beauty of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 which represents the composer’s search for personal triumph in the early 20th Century.  Facing harsh criticism of his first symphony, Rachmaninoff fell into a deep despair and lost confidence as a symphonist.  Even after the hugely successful piano concerto #2, his depression continued, but he persevered, seeking professional help and struggling through many revisions.  Conducting the work at its premiere, he received rousing applause, also winning an award and 1,000 rubles.  Today, alongside his piano concertos 1 and 2, this work remains one of the composer’s best known compositions.

Be sure to listen carefully to the opening of the Largo.  The musicians will be playing so quietly, you may wonder if they are playing at all!  Following the lively Allegro, comes the Adagio which is perhaps the most beautiful part of the work with its sweeping melodies and sweet clarinet solo.  Pop Rock artist Eric Carmen based his hit song “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again” on this movement and lists Rachmaninoff in the credits for the piece.  Can you catch the tune? Rich in dynamic range, the symphony is hauntingly beautiful, representing hope and redemption, and is proof of one’s ascent from utter failure to renewed triumph.  Indeed, the final movement ends with such festive music, it brings to mind the sound of bells pealing in celebration.