The 2017 Festival opens its evening concert series with a celebration of George Frederick Handel. Far beyond Messiah, Handel wrote a thousand fabulous scores, ranging from keyboard and chamber works to operas and orchestral suites.
Water Music, Suite in D and G
Coronation Anthem: Let thy hand be strengthened
“Angels, ever bright and fair,” from Theodora
“Va tacito,” from Giulio Cesare
Selections from Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day
Music takes us to many times and many places. Join SMF on a journey through diverse landscapes, from discoveries of a new world to deeply-felt evocations of one’s own surroundings.
Rameau Suite from Les Indes Galantes, for orchestra
Eggert Croaton III, for string quartet and bass drum (US premiere)
Brahms Alto Rhapsodie, for contralto and orchestra
Ravel Une Barque sur l’Ocean, for piano
Monteverdi Zefiro Torna, for two tenors, violin, and continuo
Saariaho Three Japanese Gardens, for percussion and live electronics
Smetana The Moldau, for orchestra
The commedia dell’arte tradition extends back centuries, but the comic characters developed there continue to delight audiences today. This program features comedic masterpieces from Mozart to Milhaud. Plus Happenstance Theater will be on stage to present an original creation.
Mozart Overture to La Nozze di Figaro
Wadsworth The Doctor (world premiere)
Bach “Coffee” Cantata
Happenstance Theater (original piece)
Kurtz Last Contrabass in Las Vegas
Milhaud Scaramouche, for clarinet and orchestra
Southern California became an adoptive home to many of the world’s most acclaimed composers before and during the Second World War. Alongside Hollywood songwriters, these refugees sparked a new chapter in the creation of American music.
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion
Eisler Hollywood Elegies, for voice and piano
Stravinsky Polka: For a Young Elephant
Chaplin Music from City Lights (arr. by Wadsworth and with dramatization by Happenstance Theater)
Rachmaninoff selection from Suite No. 2, for two pianos
Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon, for reciter and piano quintet
Arlen “If I Only had a Brain,” for voice and piano
Bernstein Overture to Candide, for orchestra
A celebration of great keyboards from the past 300 years, with performances on multiple harpsichords, fortepianos, and organs. Program includes works from Merula to the 20th century, and includes the beloved “Trout” Quintet as well as David Schrader’s improvisation on a suggested theme.
Mozart Concert Aria “Ch’io scordi di te” for soprano, fortepiano, and orchestra
TerVeldthuis The Storm, for harpsichord and tape
Merula Toccata for organ
Couperin Works for one to three harpsichords
Schrader Organ Improvisation on a theme by the audience
Schubert Piano Quintet in A (“Trout”)
Germany has produced generations of fabulous composers. After the dominance of Italy in the Renaissance, German music stepped into the spotlight with the emergence of the Classical style in the late 18th century. Composer-in-residence Moritz Eggert demonstrates the continuing strength of this venerable tradition.
Haydn Variations on “Gott erhalte” from String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3
Eggert One Man Band II, for pianist
Vogelweide Unter der Linden, for voice and instruments
Wagner Prelude from Die Meistersinger, arr. for two pianos, eight hands
Weill Selections from Three Penny Opera
Schütz Meine Seele verlanget, for double chorus
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Classical music often struggles to cast off its sober image. And yet many composers have sought to infuse their music with wit, humor, and outright comedy. This intriguing program brings together some of the most memorable such attempts, from Haydn’s famous “Surprise” Symphony to Stravinsky’s neo-classical Pulcinella Suite, complete with pantomime by Happenstance Theater.
Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G (“Surprise”)
Guinivan New Work (world premiere)
R.Strauss/Hasenoehrl Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders, for violin, clarinet, horn, bassoon, double bass
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, for orchestra with pantomime
Presenting several of the signature orchestral and choral masterworks by J. S. Bach, including the Magnificat in D, Orchestral Suite No. 3, the double concerto for oboe and violin, and select arias and duets. Plus madrigal singers during intermission.
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Arias and Duets TBA
Bach Concerto in C Minor, for oboe, violin, strings and continuo
Bach Magnificat in D, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra
Classical music has been largely dominated by composers from the Old World. But New World music has slowly garnered a position of some acclaim, ranging from works steeped in Native- and African-American roots, to the most advanced electronic music. And Old World visitors have left their marks during brief sojourns in our “Brave New World.”
Latin American Baroque Suite
Varèse Offrandes, for soprano and chamber ens.
Dvorák Larghetto, from String Quintet (“American”)
Joplin Maple Leaf Rag, for piano
Burtner New piece for harp and live electronics (world premiere)
Bartók Contrasts, for clarinet, violin, and piano
Crumb “The Kanawha River at Dusk” and “Black is my Love” from American Songbook
Gershwin Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra
Musical works don’t come any bigger than Beethoven’s commanding Ninth Symphony for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The SMF concludes its 20th anniversary season with Beethoven’s last completed symphony, a work that transformed music, rewrote accepted norms of symphonic music, and carried poet Friedrich Schiller’s message of “Ode to Joy” to all future generations. SMF artistic director Carsten Schmidt conducts the SMF Chamber Orchestra, a brilliant period instrument ensemble, along with featured vocal soloists and chamber chorus.
(To learn more about this work, don’t miss the extended preconcert lecture over brunch; tickets required.)
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125