Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dvorak's 7th Highlights This Weekend's HSO Concert Program

It will be with some sadness that my wife and I attend this Saturday night's Houston Symphony Orchestra concert at Jones Hall as in the morning we will be at the funeral of my wife Sheralyn's wonderful Mom, Mabelene. I appreciate and thank all of you for the prayers helping ease Sheralyn's pain.

This concert by our world class [Grammy Award winning] HSO will be conducted by our dynamic young director, Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada.  It features the patriotic warm symphony #7 by the Czech Romantic composer, Antonin Dvorak. In the first half of the program will be Leonard Bernstein's "Three Dance Episodes" from Our Town; and Jimmy Lopez Concerto for Flute.

This from the Houston Symphony Orchestra website about this weekend's program: "Dvořák’s music has found a good match in the Houston Symphony…when it comes to sheer vitality and warmth, this Texan ensemble doesn’t hold back” (Gramophone).  Following our critically-acclaimed recording of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, experience Andrés and the orchestra’s electrifying account, live.  Inspired by an ancient Peruvian legend, Jimmy López’ unforgettable concerto highlights Finnish flute virtuoso Sami Junnonen. Plus, hit the New York City streets with Bernstein’s spunky vignettes of three sailors on leave, featuring the iconic “New York, New York.”

Antonin Dvorak [1841 - 1904]
From the Wikipedia site, this on the Dvorak 7th: "Dvořák's work on the symphony began on 13 December 1884. Dvořák had heard and admired Brahms's new Symphony No. 3, and this prompted him to think of writing of a new symphony himself.  So it was fortuitous that in that same year the London Philharmonic Society invited him to write a new symphony and elected him as an honorary member. A month later, after his daily walk to Prague railway station, he said "the first subject of my new symphony flashed in to my mind on the arrival of the festive train bringing our countrymen from Pest".  The Czechs were in fact coming to the National Theatre in Prague, where there was to be a musical evening to support the political struggles of the Czech nation.  He resolved that his new symphony would reflect this struggle. In doing so the symphony would also reveal something of his personal struggle in reconciling his simple and peaceful countryman's feelings with his intense patriotism and his wish to see the Czech nation flourish."

Dvorak scores his 7th Symphony in D minor with 4 movements:  1. Allegro Maestoso, 2. Poco Adagio, 3.Scherzo - Vivace, and 4. Allegro. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy what Sheralyn and I will be hearing at Jones Hall tonight in the second half of the program: Dvorak's Symphony #7 in D minor.

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony #7 in D minor

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