Friday, January 18, 2008

RSO string section highlighted

Reading Symphony Orchestra
Date: Saturday Jan 19, 2008
Time: 08:00 pm
Venue: Sovereign Performing Arts Center
Price - Range $60.00 - $17.00
Tickets Available by Clicking Here

Holst - St. Paul’s Suite;
Poulenc - Organ Concerto - Rändel Wolfe, soloist;
Dvorák - Serenade for Strings

Three works that show the glory of the RSO string section—two of which are RSO premieres! The Holst “St. Paul’s Suite” was composed in 1912 for the St. Paul’s Girls School in Hammersmith, London. This suite was originally composed for a string orchestra, but later revisions also included percussion as well. Holst taught at the school for more than twenty years, including the period when his most famous work, “The Planets”, was introduced. Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto , composed in 1938, calls for an exceptionally talented organist, a great string section, and masterful tympani. Poulenc was part of an influential group of Parisian artists called “Les Six”, composers who led major changes in French musical style between the world wars. Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings is second in popularity only to Tchaikovsky’s string serenade; this 1875 composition is well-known to concert audiences, almost as familiar as the New World Symphony

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