september, 2022

24sep8:00 pmCharlottesville Symphony Masterworks Series: Sonic Spheres

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The Charlottesville Symphony opens its 48th season with something for every musical taste.   Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture gives no clue whatsoever to the long-forgotten plot of “Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus” – but remains a charming standard in the orchestral repertoire.

Elizabeth Roberts, the orchestra’s Principal Bassoon, is the soloist in Johann Hummel’s Bassoon Concerto in F.  Hummel was a child prodigy and a young pupil of Mozart in Vienna.  Charm prevails over grandeur in this seldom-heard work.

Ms. Roberts holds the Ann Saunders Roberts Endowed Bassoon Chair.

Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) is one of American composer Missy Mazzoli’s signature works.  She describes it as “music in the shape of a solar system…a collection of small loops of material that combine to form bigger loops of material” – all meant to illustrate the elliptical motion of planets in their orbit. Eight harmonicas join the orchestra on this cosmic journey.

Music Director Benjamin Rous has selected three – Nos. 6, 14 and 5 – from a set of Johannes Brahms’ 21 Hungarian Dances, lively and jubilant dances based mostly on Hungarian folk music.  This diverse program ends with the “Bacchanale” from French composer Camille Saint-Saëns opera Samson and Delilah.  Bacchus was the mythological god of wine and fertility.  Following the biblical story, Delilah dances a wild and percussion-driven showpiece to taunt Samson, resulting in his destruction of the Philistine temple.



(Saturday) 8:00 pm


Old Cabell Hall at UVA