Premieres Friday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. | Virtual Concert
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PREMIERE HAS BEEN MOVED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 DUE TO THE RECENT CHALLENGES FACING TEXANS.
Music is a product of a particular time and place with an identifiable purpose. This is true in both its compositional and its performance aspect. Its purposes are many: social, political, religious and personal. Music can be a response to adversity, helping people transcend suffering and oppression. It can also be persuasive, used politically as propaganda or as protest to oppression or abuses of power. Music can also express national identity and patriotic fervor.
In this program, your Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Elgar, Weill, Wagner, Williams, Moncayo and Sibelius, a range of pieces that explore personal, political, and national expressions from patriotic marches to celebration of folk traditions, from personal protest to political resistance.
Program (curated from High School Concert program):
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G Major, Op. 39 (To bolster patriotism during wartime)
Weill/Platen - Blues Potpourri (from Three Penny Opera) (Forbidden "Degenerate" music)
Wagner - Die Meistersinger: Prelude to Act 1 (As propaganda)
Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (To tell of human conflict through film)
Moncayo - Huapango (To celebrate a national folk dance tradition)
Sibelius - Finlandia, Op. 21 (As protest and the start of a nationalist trend)
Dates, times and artists are subject to change.
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- Date: Friday, February 26
- Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
- Website: https://my.austinsymphony.org/musicaltranscendence
- Cost: $50.00 per household
- Name: Austin Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1911, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is Austin’s oldest performing arts group. The ASO offers a complete season of musical and educational programming. Masterworks concerts include a series of eight concert pairs running monthly September through May in the state-of-the-art Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Our season also features the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series: October & February Pops at the Long Center and December & June Pops at Palmer Events Center. Programming for the entire family includes the Halloween Children’s Concert, and the Christmas in the Community, as well as the popular James C. Armstrong Youth Educations Programs, which include Children’s Day Art Park, Young People’s Concerts, High School Concert Tour and a variety of other school programs.
Acknowledging that there is no way to be certain that large concert halls will be safe by fall for patrons, musicians and staff, the Austin Symphony announced that its concerts now scheduled from September though December will be presented virtually.
Some concerts — such as Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and other big pieces — have been moved to January and beyond. Meanwhile, starting at the end of December, audience members will have the options of returning to the Long Center for the Performing Arts or continuing with online performances.