From the Land of Make Believe – May the force be with you Harry Potter as Beaverton Symphony Orchestra continues their Making a Splash season.
BEAVERTON, Oregon – The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra breaks from traditional classical works to compositions inspiring the imagination of kids of all ages on March 16th and March 18th. For the first time, Maestro Travis Hatton will conduct the orchestra in performance of Star Wars Main Theme, Mendelssohn – Pieces from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Suite, and John Williams – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Star Wars, Suite for Orchestra I. Main Title
From the hit space opera film Star Wars comes the John Williams’s original composition accompanying the George Lucas 1977 blockbuster film. Depicting the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” the music was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film score of all time. Indeed, John Williams went on to compose some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history. Originally performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, it employs a series of musical themes to represent various characters, objects, and events in the film. In this case you will hear the Main Title theme along with a portion of Princess Leia’s, Imperial, and Throne Room themes.
Mendelssohn, Scherzo, Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed this music for William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1942. Written as incidental music to accompany the play it included a Nocturne and an overture of the same name composed 16 years earlier when Mendelssohn was only 17 years old. The Scherzo acts as an intermezzo between Acts I and II with its lively woodwinds and dancing strings. The intermezzo between Acts IV and V is the famous Wedding March, one of the most ubiquitous and popular pieces of music Mendelssohn ever composed.
Tchaikovsky – Valse from the Sleeping Beauty Suite, Opus 66A
The second of his 3 ballets, The Sleeping Beauty Suite was completed in 1889 to become one of the classical repertoire’s most famous ballets. The ballet’s premiere received more favorable accolades than Swan Lake from the press but Tchaikovsky never had the luxury of being able to witness his work become an instant success in theatres outside of Russia. By 1903, The Sleeping Beauty was the second most popular ballet in the repertory of the Imperial Ballet having been performed 200 times in only 10 years. Tchaikovsky first considered the idea of creating a concert suite from The Sleeping Beauty in February 1890, shortly after the ballet’s première. However, he was unable to settle on a selection of numbers, and it was only several years after his death that such a suite of five numbers was published as “Op. 66a”. Performed will be the Waltz that accompanied Act 1 of the ballet.
John Williams – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Children’s Suite for Orchestra
Hedwig, Hogwarts, and Fluffy, Oh My! Navigating the famous Harry Potter adventure can be vexing to most but do not fear. Leading you through the journey of 9 miniatures will be City of Beaverton Councilor Marc San Soucie who will provide narration to those unfamiliar with Harry Potter’s world. In a manner similar to Leonard Bernstein’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, John Williams has created a series of miniatures that were “hatched” out of the main film score. As in many of his film scores, each miniature is performed by a set of instruments to give life to each central theme. You will hear Hedwig, Hogwarts Forever, Voldemort, Nimbus 2000, Fluffy and the Harp, Quidditch, Family Portrait, Diagon Alley, and finally Harry’s Wondrous World.
The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, in keeping with its mission to make classical music available to the broadest possible audience, offers a pre-concert talk 30min prior to the performance by Maestro Hatton that de-mystifies the music. These lively and informative discussions aid the inexperienced classical concert goer and enrich the experience of classical aficionados.
Friday, March 16th, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 18st, 2018 at 3:00pm
Pre-Concert Talk 30min prior by Maestro Travis Hatton
Village Church, Grand Auditorium
330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton OR 97005
Tickets are available at the door and at beavertonsymphony.org. $10, $5, $20 Family
This concert is sponsored by Compass Oncology and in part due to funds from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Small Arts & Culture Grants that supports small, community-driven arts and culture organizations statewide.
The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1984, is a community orchestra comprising 80 members. The Symphony is committed to enriching the performing arts culture of Washington County and making classical music accessible to the broadest possible audience. The Symphony presents six concerts each season. For more information, please visit www.beavertonsymphony.org or call 1-855-HEARBSO.
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