In this BIG year for your SCSO, we invite you to join us for our 10 Year Anniversary Gala, celebrating ten years of extraordinary music-making! Aaron Collins reached out to our incredible musicians and asked for input for this special concert. The musicians selected a powerful program featuring works by Hindemith and Franck, along with a World Premiere from SCSO favorite, Christopher Marshall. The concert opens with the World Premiere of Aue!
For three years, New Zealander Christopher Marshall lived in the idyllic surroundings of Samoa, and his piece conjures up its endlessly fascinating atmosphere and sounds, its hypnotic languor, and popular dances. From there, we dive right into Hindemith's masterpiece, Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. The Symphonic Metamorphosis is, quite simply, a “fun” piece of music, a pouring forth of high spirits and joyous sounds. Even the title is a joke, of sorts, its grandiose verbosity belied by the playful puckishness of the music it describes. Hindemith used tunes from Weber’s piano works and a melody from his Overture to Turandot. He deliberately picked melodies that were not, as he put it, “Weber at his best.” This gave him more latitude for play. As the word “metamorphosis” implies, the melodies, while recognizable, are expanded and transformed with imaginative harmonies and orchestral colors. The concert closes with Cesar Franck’s richly romantic and heroic Symphony in D minor, one of the most beautiful symphonies in the repertoire.