WCUSO, Concert Choir, and Mastersingers
May
7
7:30 pm19:30

WCUSO, Concert Choir, and Mastersingers

WCUSO, Concert Choir, and Mastersingers
Sunday, May 7th, 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

Sibelius, Andante Festivo
Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances Nos. 1 and 3
Hindemith, Apparebit repentina dies, Mvts. 3 and 4
Stravinsky, The dove descending breaks the air
Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms

The 20th century defies a simple statement that would describe its musical language. A broad array of -isms—expressionism, primitivism, impressionism, futurism, minimalism, neo-classicism, neo-romanticism, etc.—is tapped to help organize the century’s unprecedented diversity of artistic expression. So many encounters were daunting (consider the two World Wars for starters), and much was discovered (consider the advances in psychology, literature, science, industry, technology, and the arts). Processing this enormity of experience requires expressive tools of equal substantiality. This environment presents a worthy challenge and a refreshing ease. 

In music, one of the foremost challenges is to acquaint oneself with myriad expressive tools or languages, known as musical sound. Just as scientific thoughts, like quantum physics and string theory, are naturally complex responses to complicated issues, so musical languages can be complex in proportion to their context. The endeavor to engage such complexity, be it scientific or artistic, is wholesomely worthwhile; it freshens and expands our perspectives, helping us to see with new eyes. 

If effort is required to understand the complexity of the 20thcentury, a counterbalance of ease is offered through the century’s variety. Like a tasty buffet, there is something in the 20thcentury palette for everyone. This evening’s concert demonstrates this breadth of appeal. Sibelius’s Andante Festivo represents a thoroughly Romantic language that is melody-driven, and rich in familiar harmony. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances combine a similar Romantic language with an expanded harmonic palette; Rachmaninoff said that he sought to tap Stravinsky’s rhythmic innovations in these dances. Hindemith’s Apparebit repentina dies may well sound like a more remote language than the Sibelius and Rachmaninoff. It pulls further away from traditional harmonies, embracing dissonance and a more exploratory harmonic progression.

The concert closes with two pieces by Stravinsky. The first, The Dove Descending Breaks the Air, is a late work, written in 1962. It sets a selection from Part IV of T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding from the “Four Quartets”, using the harmonic innovation of Arnold Schoenberg, known as 12-tone technique. Here again, the piece may well sound complex, but it beautifully challenges us to process Eliot’s poetry with fresh understanding. The monumental Symphony of Psalms, while less dissonant, offers another universe of sound unique to Stravinsky, not the least of which is a highly unusual instrumentation (two pianos substitute for violins and violas, and the woodwind sections are expanded).

Musical art seeks to understand its context. It is not surprising that with the change of culture come new tools of expression. This evening’s concert was knit together in part to afford a sample of the 20thcentury’s multifaceted history, and the musical languages that help us process it.
 

 

WCU Chamber Orchestra Concert
May
3
8:15 pm20:15

WCU Chamber Orchestra Concert

WCUCO Concert
Wednesday, May 3rd, 8:15pm
Philips Autograph Library

Bach/Reger - O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Grieg - Holberg Suite
Plau - Tuba Concerto (Dr. Jon Fowler, soloist)
Satie - Preludes 4 and 5, Op. 11

WCUSO Hosts ARTOLERANCE at WCU
Apr
4
8:15 pm20:15

WCUSO Hosts ARTOLERANCE at WCU

The West Chester University Orchestra Welcomes
ARTOLERANCE
A dazzling Middle Eastern Trio Featuring:

Hanna Khoury, world leading Arabic violinist
Udi Bar-David, global versatile Israeli Philadelphia Orchestra cellist
Hafez Javier Kotain, master Latin & Arab percussionist

In a thrilling evening of music and improvisations from around the globe
as we celebrate impactful art in the spirit of tolerance and co-existence.

 April 4:
Orchestra masterclass with WCU Symphony Orchestra and ARTOLERANCE ensemble: 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

ARTOLERANCE Concert:
8:15 p.m., Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

 

 

WCUSO Presents: "Concerto Winners' Concert"
Feb
26
3:00 pm15:00

WCUSO Presents: "Concerto Winners' Concert"

West Chester Symphony Orchestra Presents:
Concerto Winners' Concert
Suday, February 26 | 3:00pm | Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
Featured Soloists | Concerto Competition Winners
Rachel Schuck, Katherine Stewart, Gregory Feldmann, Brenten MeGee
*NEW* Meet the Soloists: Pre-concert interviews with soloists and conductor in WARE, 2:00-2:30pm

Chabrier, Espana
Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1, Mvt. 1
Nielsen, Flute Concerto, Mvt. 1
Donizetti, Come paride... From Elixir of Love
Handel, Deeper and Deeper... Waft her, angels... from Jephtha
Mahler, Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 6

LIVESTREAM ALSO AVAILABLE AT livestream.com/wcupa
But in person is better!

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WCUSO Presents: "Bright and Colorful!"
Nov
20
3:00 pm15:00

WCUSO Presents: "Bright and Colorful!"

Facebook Event

Sunday, November 20th, 3:00pm
Madeline Wing Adler Theatre in the Swope Music Building
West Chester University Symphony Orchestra Presents:
Bright and Colorful!

Bizet, L'Arlesienne Suite 1
Debussy, Petite Suite
Ravel, Une barque sur l'ocean
Hanson, Symphony No. 2, "Romantic"

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WCUCO Presents: "Living Room Concert"
Nov
17
8:15 pm20:15

WCUCO Presents: "Living Room Concert"

Facebook Event

Thursday, November 17th at 8:15pm
Philips Autograph Library connected to Asplundh
West Chester University Chamber Orchestra presents:
"Living Room Concert"

Choose your seat in front, to the side, or behind the orchestra in this unique living room-like setting!

Bartok, Ten Pieces
Holst, Brook Green Suite
Suk, Serenade for Strings
Sibelius, Romance in C

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