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Thomas Jones, “The Bard,” 1774

Sarasota Orchestra: Classical Romance

The Sarasota Orchestra will be presenting essential Classical Romance pieces by renowned composers Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Antonín Dvořák with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz this November at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Soloist Lise de la Salle will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan shows a hopeless but idealistic gentleman on a quest to find the perfect woman while Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 transmits feelings of agitation throughout the piece but provides reconciliation at the end. In addition, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 captivates audiences through the symphony’s joyously mature tone.  

The Conductor

Gerard Schwarz is the Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra that accumulates musicians from America’s top leading orchestras. Therefore, the guest conductor has comprised a team of excellent musicians to generate a greater understanding of classical music. In addition, he is known for leading some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Juilliard Opera, the Kirov Opera, and the Washington National Opera. Schwarz obtained various positions throughout his musical career that includes the Musical Director of New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Music Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Artistic Advisor to the Tokyo Philharmonic.

Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz

Guest Conductor Gerard Schwarz

Lively

Richard Strauss’s Don Juan will be the main piece that carries this performance. Strauss’s composition will captivate audiences and will detail a young Casanova’s journey to discover the perfect woman. He revolutionized Classical Romance symphonies by depicting a complete narrative without utilizing descriptive texts. The hero’s quest begins with instrumental tones illustrating the gentleman’s journey. Strauss employees a solo violinist to signify the hero’s discovery of his first acquisition. Harmonic melodies captivate the positive tone throughout the composed work. The work ends with the hero’s inevitable passing, signified by almost unrecognizable pizzicato strings.

Composer Richard Strauss, 1938

Composer Richard Strauss, 1938

Enthralling

The somber end to Strauss’s Don Juan provides a fluid transition into Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. This piece presents feelings of agitation during the first movement, Allegro. However, the unpleasant theming of the opening movement is replaced by positive tones that enchant listeners during the Romanze. The positive tenor is a recurring theme throughout Mozart’s piece that holds well during the pieces transition from Bb major to D minor in the final Rondo, Allegro assai. The final Rondo allows for soloists to demonstrate their technical dexterity before ending in the key of D minor. 

Composer Wolfgang Mozart

Composer Wolfgang Mozart

Adherence

Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 illustrates a rigorous dedication to his love for classical compositions. Dvořák’s love for classical compositions is clearly expressed in the symphonies first movement, Allegro non tanto. The movement explores pastoral writings for horns and woodwinds, expressing a rural theming and the Adagio holds a slower melody that provides a picturesque simplicity towards a rural lifestyle while woodwinds and horns continuously dominate the movement. Above all, Dvořák’s passion for Czech folk music is illustrated during the third movement Furiant. This continues the symphony’s rural theme while the Finale signifies Dvořák’s devotion to his musical endeavors. 

Composer Antonín Dvořák

Composer Antonín Dvořák

For tickets and more information on this concert visit www.sarasotaorchestra.org.