Jan
22
Sat
Mozart, Beethoven, and Honegger @ Victory Theatre
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm

Timothy Chooi, Violin
Roger Kalia, Conductor

  • Arthur Honegger Pastorale d’eté
  • W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7

An evening of popular masterworks including Arthur Honegger’s musical impression of a peaceful early morning in the Swiss alps.

Internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi takes center stage to perform Mozart’s majestic Violin Concerto No. 5. The piece gets its nickname, “Turkish,” due to the sudden switch in the middle of a movement to what is meant to suggest wild Turkish music.

The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which the composer himself thought of as one of his best works.

One writer describes what many musicians have felt about this piece:“… the final movement zips along at an irrepressible pace that threatens to sweep the entire orchestra off its feet and around the theater, caught up in the sheer joy of performing one of the most perfect symphonies ever written.”


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Apr
30
Sat
Mahler’s “Titan” @ Victory Theatre
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm

Roger Kalia, Conductor

  • Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1, “Titan”

A monumental work written for an enormous orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (known as the “Titan”) is one of the most impressive and audacious first symphonies ever written.

The composer’s meshing of traditional and modernist ideas make the piece particularly innovative.

His use of bird calls, off-stage trumpets, and optimistic themes evoke youthful vitality, elegance and playfulness.

The foreboding harmonies, klezmer-like music, and a funeral procession using a minor version of “Frère Jacques” serve as a reminder that joy and sorrow both exist in life.

Chorale-like figures and fanfares suggest impending victory, but this combined with tension and angst-ridden melodies provide for an emotional ending complete with victorious horns and overwhelming jubilation.