Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Folsom Symphony Ends Season With Out Of This World Concert

The Folsom Symphony will close its season of international music with a more distant journey, Out of This World, May 31 and June 1.

Maestro Peter Jaffe, who takes the helm as music director next season, will guest conduct this pops concert finale, which this year features space-related music.

Both performances will be at the Harris Center/Three Stages theater on the Folsom Lake College campus, 10 College Parkway, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The repertoire includes:

 • Richard Strauss' Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Also sprach Zarathustra): Unlike most films, this one uses a sound track of recorded classical pieces rather than a score commissioned from a professional composer. The music played a vital role in this movie because there is often very little dialog, and when there is, the music is silent. Strauss composed this work in 1896, and it premiered in Frankfurt that November.

 • Gustav Holst’s The Planets: The orchestra will play three of the seven movements from this suite: "Mars (the Bringer of War)," "Venus (the Bringer of Peace)" and "Jupiter (the Bringer of Jollity)." Holst, a devotee of astrology, wrote the music from that perspective, not an astronomical one. This series of "mood pictures," as Holst called them, begins with the tormenting music of Mars, moves to the gentler notes of Venus and concludes, for this concert, with the unconventional rhythms of Jupiter. The complete work premiered on Sept. 29,1918, at Queen's Hall in London as World War I was ending.

• Calvin Custer’s Star Trek Through the Years: Custer arranged the music from seven of the popular "Star Trek" scores to create this piece. The work opens with the famous theme from the television show.

 • Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Suite: "The Fellowship of the Ring": This composition won the Academy Award for best original score in 2001. Shore also wrote the music for The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, The Aviator and Doubt, among many others.

• John Williams’ "Superman March" and "Love Theme" ("Can You Read My Mind?"): The original "Superman" score won three Grammies and a Saturn and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe award. Williams also wrote award-winning scores for Schindler’s List, E.T., Jaws and others.

 • Josef Strauss’ Music of the Spheres (Sphaeren-Klaenge, Op. 235): After a celestial introduction, this piece weaves together many lovely waltzes by the less-known brother of the Austrian waltz king.

 • Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries: Probably the most famous of Wagner’s works, this music may be familiar from several films, including The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the helicopter attack scene in Apocalypse Now (1979). It was first performed in Munich in 1870. Seats are still available for both performances.

You can order tickets on the symphony's website, folsomsymphony.com, by calling 916-608-6888 or by visiting the ticket office on the Folsom Lake College campus. For more information on the Folsom Symphony, call 916-357-6718.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Folsom Symphony.

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