Franz Schubert's Greatest Symphony and Schumann's "Konzertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra" will captivate audiences during the first MasterWorks Concert of the year.
The Friday, Jan. 10 performance, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte. Concert comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets, which start at $49 per seat (subscription discounts available).
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor George Hanson will conduct the program, which will open with a brief work by John Corigliano, "Voyage," and include Robert Schumann's "Konzertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra" featuring four members of the TSO horn section. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.
Franz Schubert himself considered the "Great C major" the finest and most beautifully orchestrated work of all of his compositions and music lovers agree. Schubert's 9th, "The Great," has stood shoulder to shoulder with Beethoven and Brahms' finest compositions for more than 170 years. It is also one of Schubert's most innovative pieces. Thematic development in the style of Beethoven is still present in the work, but Schubert puts far more emphasis on melody, which one might expect from the composer of some 600 lieder. That Schubert died at age 31 leaves us to wonder what was lost had he lived a normal life span and what impact his originality in form and harmony would have made.
The performance of Robert Schumann's "Konzertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra" has been characterized as the horn-playing equivalent of running a four-minute mile. The range of the horn parts covers an athletic three and a half octaves. Written in one of Schumann's most prolific periods, it features intricacies for the horns with bright, witty accompaniment by the orchestra. The four TSO horns featured are Johanna Lundy, now in her eighth season as principal horn; Kathleen Demlow, assistant principal horn; Victor Valenzuela, third horn, and Shawn Campbell, fourth horn with the TSO since 1985.
Additional MasterWorks performances will be presented by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr. Contact 882-8585 or visit tucsonsymphony.org for more info.