Join the Winchester Orchestra for its exciting 2015-2106 season opener on October 23rd, featuring the works of Sibelius, Gershwin, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Ravel.
1924: Year of Musical Revolution.
1924 was a year of tremendous change and upheaval throughout the world, with both Mussolini and Hitler on the rise, Soviet Russia claiming its stake on the world stage, military revolts in Brazil, and rebellion in India to name a few. On the positive side, technology was rapidly reinventing how we lived our lives with the proliferation of commercial airlines, Henry Ford’s Model-T hitting the 10 million car mark, wireless communication becoming part of everyday life, and the founding of IBM.
The change that was in the air around the world was reflected in the arts and set the stage for ground-breaking works such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which fused the jazz and classical idioms, and Honegger’s Pacific 231 which used the orchestra to take audience members on a journey on the railway system that was taking the United States by storm. While other composers were expanding music in terms of increased forces, larger forms, more strident sounds, Sibelius was leading a quiet revolution in his concise but powerful one-movement Symphony No. 7.
Rounding out the program are two stunningly beautiful pavanes (courtly dances that were popular in Renaissance Europe), written by teacher and student, Fauré and Ravel, respectively, and Saint-Saéns’ rollicking ode to All Hallow’s Eve, Danse Macabre.
Hope to see you there! Best wishes,
Michael DiGiacinto, Music Director and Conductor