Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
GRIEG Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs, Op. 64
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
This thrilling program features works from Bernstein, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff. The Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs by Grieg explore the rich heritage of his country’s folk music and is considered the pinnacle of his orchestral writing. Symphonic Dances was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last work and he summoned every bit of his vast resources in this vivid orchestral showpiece. Rachmaninoff created a magnificent orchestral sound, dramatic contrasts and occasionally daring combinations of timbres. There’s much to savor including an alto saxophone and pulsating percussion in the first; a dark, eerie waltz in the second; and Russian Orthodox chants, tubular bells and the composer’s go-to Dies irae in the last.