Concerts

2019 - 2020 Concert Schedule

Beethoven, Barber, and Beyond

Fall Concert

Friday November 22, 2019, 8:00 PM

Valley Forge Middle School
105 West Walker Rd
Wayne, PA 19087

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Beethoven, Barber, and Symphonic Dances

The Fall Concert of MLSO's 2019-2020 season will feature:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a
This overture is believed to have been Beethoven's first attempt at an overture for his opera, "Fidelio", for the 1805 premiere. Nothing else in Beethoven’s career caused as much effort and heartbreak as the composition of his only opera which took ten years, inspired four different overtures, and underwent two major revisions and a name change before convincing Beethoven that he was not a man of the theater.

Samuel Barber
Knoxville Summer of 1915, Op. 24
This piece is a 1947 work for voice and orchestra by Samuel Barber, with text from a 1938 short prose piece by James Agee. The work was commissioned by soprano Eleanor Steber, who premiered it in 1948 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitzky.

Soprano soloist: Sophia Hunt
Sophia Hunt is in her fourth year at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she holds the Hirsig Family Fellowship and studies with Vinson Cole. This season, Sophia sings Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Faith in Empty the House by Rene Orth, in addition to performing with Curtis on Tour as part of the Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece.

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
The Symphonic Dances is an orchestral suite in three movements. Completed in 1940, it is Sergei Rachmaninoff's last composition. It was premiered by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, to whom it is dedicated, on January 3, 1941.


Winter Concert

Friday February 21, 2020, 8:00 PM

Valley Forge Middle School
105 West Walker Rd
Wayne, PA 19087

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Concert of Firsts

Our Winter Concert will feature the winner of the James Deitz Memorial Young Artist Competition, in addition to first works of Beethoven, Enescu, and Barber

George Enescu
Romanian Rhapsody in A Major, Op. 11, No. 1
The Rhapsody No. 1 in A major is dedicated to the composer and pedagogue Bernard Crocé-Spinelli. It was completed on 14 August 1901, when Enescu was still only 19 years old. Enescu conducted the First Rhapsody at what proved to be his New York farewell concert with members of the New York Philharmonic on 21 January 1950.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Beethoven's First Symphony, dedicated to Baron Gottfried Van Swieten, was composed by Beethoven at age 29 in 1801, at the dawn of a new century. It appeared late in what scholars define as the first period of Beethoven's career, just a year or two before the crisis brought about by his gradual loss of hearing.
After holding off writing a symphony for years, Beethoven had achieved his goal of a place alongside his most illustrious predecessors.

Henri Wieniawski
Violin Concerto No. 2, in D Minor, Op.22, Movement 3
The Concerto in D minor was composed in 1862 and was given its premiere in Moscow on November 27 of that year, with Wieniawski himself as soloist and Anton Rubinstein conducting.

Vibha Janakiraman Violin Soloist
James Deitz Concerto Soloist winner

Ms Vibha Janakiraman started studying violin at age 6 with Jessica Hoffman at The Music School of Delaware. She is studying with Lee Snyder at the Settlement Music School, and will study with Catherine Cho at the Pre-college division of the Juilliard School starting Fall 2019. Vibha is the violinist of the Gray Charitable Trust Advanced Study Piano Trio coached by Sandra Carlock at Settlement Music School.

Samuel Barber
Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
The low opus number of nine suggests that Samuel Barber’s First Symphony was an early work, but this can be deceiving. He was twenty-five years old when he wrote it, but he had been composing music since he was seven and had eighteen years of experience already behind him! Barber, from West Chester PA, was fortunate to have been born into a family attuned to recognize his musical gifts. Though his parents were not professional musicians, his aunt, the contralto Louise Homer, was a mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera, and her husband, Sidney Homer, was a composer.
When Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music opened its doors to receive its very first students, on October 1, 1924, the fourteen-year old Barber was second in line.


Spring Concert

Friday May 1, 2020, 8:00 PM

Valley Forge Middle School
105 West Walker Rd
Wayne, PA 19087

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Storytelling Music

Storytelling is the theme for our Spring Concert. We are very pleased to feature Ricardo Morales, the extraordinary principal clarinetist with the fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra!

Samuel Barber
Music for a Scene from Shelley, Op. 7
Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, was the inspiration for Samuel Barbers Music for a Scene from Shelley, written in the summer of 1933. The young composer imagined this as incidental music evoking the voices in the air imploring Asia (goddess of love) to bring back sympathy and love to mankind through Prometheus release.

Hector Berlioz
Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens
This symphonic interlude comes between Acts III and IV of Les Troyens, Berliozs operatic masterpiece composed in the years 1856-1858. It represents the fateful culmination of the love of Dido and Aeneas, and yet neither of them sings. Berlioz always felt that the orchestra on its own can express as much as, if not more than, the human voice when it comes to powerful dramatic feelings.

Claude Debussy
Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is remembered in music history as one of the leading exponents of Impressionism, characterized by lush colors and textures, and great subtleties of shape and contour.
In music, the works of Debussy represent the extraordinarily beautiful musical palette of colors that personify Impressionism.
As is the case with many other compositions for clarinet by the great masters, Debussy composed the Première Rhapsodie towards the end of his life. The piece was commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire in 1910.

Ricardo Morales, Clarinet Soloist
Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Chair
Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F Major (“Pastoral”), Op. 68
The Sixth Symphony is one of only two symphonies Beethoven intentionally named. Beethoven's full title was "Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life." Although it was composed in the same time period and dedicated to the same people as the Fifth, the works have many differences. The "Pastoral" is known as a characteristic symphony and closely resembles "Le musical de la nature" by Rheinish composer Justin Heinrich Knecht.
Beethoven publicly declared the piece's "extramusical" purpose: an expression of nature. His affinity for nature and his love for walks through the country outside Vienna were captured in the Sixth, as well as in the notes scribbled on sketches of the symphony.


Special Concert at the Keneseth Israel Temple in Elkins Park

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 7:15 PM


School closing information is available on the district website, www.tesd.net or the T/E Information Hotline - (610) 240-1970

Ricardo Morales
Ricardo Morales
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
Sophia Hunt
Sophia Hunt