The Nashua Chamber Orchestra opens its 2007—2008 season on November 10 (Daniel Webster College, Nashua, 800 PM) and 11 (Milford Town Hall, 3:00 PM) with a burst of fall colors: an eclectic program presenting music from classics to contemporary. The orchestra, under the adroit baton of Maestro David Feltner, and featuring soprano Lisa Feltner as the distinguished vocal soloist, offers up a rich variety of styles, genres and tonal colors designed to appeal to a wide range of musical palates. From the comfortable familiarity of the great masters – Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert – to the East Coast premiere of San Francisco violist and composer Katrina Wreede’s Convocation, the listener will enjoy renewing old acquaintances and making new friends.
With its restless energy and driving rhythms, Ms. Wreede’s 2001 composition reflects the drawing together of the energy and creative drive of the people around her in the Silicon Valley. Here in her own words are Ms. Wreede’s thoughts about Convocation: “Like in the great centers of art and commerce during the Renaissance, having all these ideas bumping up against each other generates new ways of thinking about ourselves. I hoped to portray these diverse ideas flowing and pulling toward each other and joining in the joy and exuberance of creation.”
This exuberant opening is followed by two arias interpreted by the versatile Lisa Feldman, Maestro Feldman’s sister. First, we turn to the Salve Regina by Franz Schubert, whose exquisite gift for expressing poetry through music is unsurpassed. Elevating the art song to its pinnacle, Schubert composed over 600 lieder in his brief 31 years. The Salve Regina, whose text is from a Latin hymn probably composed by an early eleventh century monk, illustrates Schubert’s sublime genius.
Next, an aria, Nehmt meinen Dank, from the prolific pen of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Written in Vienna in 1782 (Mozart was 26.), it was one of his first vocal works in German. Composed for his future sister-in-law, text and music are inseparably joined in graceful, flowing lyricism.
Fast forward to the twentieth century, where the Sinfonietta (1934) by the French composer, Albert Roussel, draws a stark contrast in mood. This miniature symphony is in a three movement, fast-slow-fast format. Composed during his recovery from a deadly bout with pneumonia, the Andante expresses the mortal struggle, while the final Allegro is a vigorous reaffirmation of life.
Beethoven’s First Symphony concludes this eclectic musical journey. Composed by the young Beethoven (age 29) on the threshold of the nineteenth century, it explores the innovations in harmony, orchestration and form that would eventually culminate in the towering Ninth Symphony. As a hallmark of its originality, Beethoven’s First Symphony marks the debut of the turbulent Scherzo, a seismic shift from the staid and sedate Minuet and Trio of the Classical era. While it was recognized as a masterpiece and acclaimed for its originality, audiences required some time to accept this innovative First Symphony, following its premiere in Vienna on March 26, 1800. With its lifting of Classical constraints, the First Symphony ushered in the dawning of the age of Romanticism.
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra invites you to traverse the centuries from Mozart to Wreede on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM at Daniel Webster College, Nashua, and Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 PM in Milford, New Hampshire Town Hall, on the Milford Oval. Visit our website, www.nco-music.org, or phone (603) 554-6164. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students, available at the door. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are also available at Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua, and at Toadstool Books in Milford. Each concert is followed by a reception, where you can meet the musicians.
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Feltner, invites you to traverse the centuries from Mozart to Wreede on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM (Daniel Webster College, Nashua), and Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 PM (Milford Town Hall). Presenting musical selections from classics to contemporary, the program opens with the East Coast premiere of Katrina Wreede’s Convocation (2001). Following are two arias by Mozart and Schubert, featuring soprano Lisa Feltner. The three movement Sinfonietta (1934) by French composer Albert Roussel concludes the first half. The final selection is Beethoven’s innovative First Symphony, which had its premiere in 1800, ushering in the Romantic era. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students, available at the door. Children under 12 are free. Visit our website, www.nco-music.org, or phone (603) 554-6164.