February 11, 2019. Concert Notes.

Elegance and Emotion
Monday, February 11, 2019
Brunswick High School Auditorium
Michelle Merrill, Music Director and Conductor

 

Overture, Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)             Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concertone for Two Violins in C major                      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Guest Artists: Aurica Duca/Clinton Dewing, violin

Intermission

Symphony No. 4 in F minor                                         Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Andante Sostenuto
Andantino in modo di canzona
Scherzo: Pizzicato Ostinato
Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Experience Elegance and Emotion …

as we hear the exquisite music of Mozart and the powerful melodies of Tchaikovsky.

Mozart’s familiar Overture to Die Zauberflote, The Magic Flute, opens the evening with its heavy, portentous beginning chords and triumphant ending. Then soloists Aurica Duca and Clinton Dewing will enchant us with Mozart’s Concertone for Two Violins in C major. A concertone is a concerto with “a little more than expected”– in this case a cello and an oboe also have starring roles – and was a very popular mid-18th Century form of music. Mozart’s Concertone is light-hearted, elegant with frequent ornamentation, and very easy to listen to.

Ms. Duca and Mr. Dewing are married and both enjoy playing violin for the Jacksonville Symphony. Ms. Duca is also the Coastal Symphony of Georgia concertmaster.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony opens the second part of the program with horns, woodwinds, and later trumpets unleashing the musical equivalent of lightning bolts in the Andante. Listen for the melancholy melody of the oboe in the Andantino, pizzicato strings in the Scherzo, and a Russian folk song in the triumphant finale. The composer wished to dedicate the piece to his patroness, saying she would find in it “an echo of your most intimate thoughts and emotions.”

This concert will charm and engage us!