October 1, 2018. Concert Notes.

Bernstein and Beethoven

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Brunswick High School Auditorium
Michelle Merrill, Music Director and Conductor

Overture to Candide                                                Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances                     Leonard Bernstein


Symphony No. 5 in C minor                                   Ludwig von Beethoven
Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Scherzo Allegro


Experience the Worlds of Bernstein and Beethoven …
… two giants of their eras who have given us timeless, unforgettable music. The concert opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, his 1956 operetta about the misadventures of Candide and his sweetheart, Cunegonde. The music is lyrical, playful, and vivid featuring fast-paced woodwinds, a lush section led by violas, and showy horns.

Symphony Dances from West Side Story, Bernstein’s enduring Broadway Musical, will close out the first half of our concert. The show’s sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social themes marked a turning point in American musical theater. A truly “American” sound, it reflects influences of classical, jazz, and popular styles of music.

The familiar opening motif of Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor begins the second half of our concert. The symphony was written in 1804-08, a time when Beethoven was beginning his move from the Classical to Romantic Period, and it shows influences from both. The 5th has a stormy, heroic mood including a foreboding, yet triumphant sonata form before moving on to variations on two themes, a lighter scherzo section, and a blazing finale.

Opening Night of our 2018-2019 Season will be a night to remember!