Classic Series III: Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Hanson: Symphony No. 2, op. 30 (Romantic)
Guest Artists: Dalton Woody and Angela Pickering, featuring the SOST Chorus
Our concert tonight starts with a thank you note to the University of Breslau by Johannes Brahms for his honorary doctorate degree. Composed as an overture containing a set of student drinking songs, cleverly orchestrated, and conducted by Brahms himself, this overture displays his many gifts, transforming simple tunes into a grand overture. Thus, the Academic Festival Overture is such a set of songs of celebration that has lived well past graduation day in 1880. The featured work of tonight’s concert features a choral classic, the Faure Requiem. Faure ’s work follows the format of the traditional Catholic Requiem mass with its standard text. It was not composed or dedicated to any specific individual and received several performances, including Faure’s own funeral. Lastly, Howard Hanson’s music is picturesque, filled with imagery of oceans, mountains and serene nature. Hanson spent many summers at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, and this camp is said to be the source of his inspiration.