Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra brings you the 'Four Seasons'

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra brings you the ‘Four Seasons’
As weather in Lincoln changes every five minutes between summer, fall, and winter, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert called, “The Four Seasons.” This event takes place at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Friday, October 14, 2011. At 7:30pm, audience members will be treated to Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires performed by the LSO and the Chiara String Quartet.
Piazzolla, an Argentinian composer, is famous for bringing tango and jazz together with classical music. This performance will show the Latin and tango inspiration in Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
Violinist Rachel Barton will join with LSO to perform the famous work ofVivaldi, also entitled The Four Seasons. Born in Venice in 1678, Vivaldi became music instructor at the girls' school in 1703 and worked there for roughly 15 years. Although a celebrated violinist, Vivaldi composed for many instruments in order to feature different students in concerts at the school.
One piece from The Four Seasons is "Summer." It starts out calm, serene. In Lincoln, this may be compared to early on a summer morning, but it becomes agitated and excited briefly, perhaps to indicate the rising temperature. The second movement sounds like one might imagine the stillness of a hot afternoon. This movement reminds us that it is cool and calm if one stays in the shade or indoors, but intermittently, there is a threat of a coming storm, which then breaks upon us in the third movement.
The third movement of "Summer" may arguably be the most famous movement from all the concertos of "The Four Seasons." A search for "Summer by Vivaldi" on iTunes yields hundreds of albums featuring this concerto. The albums may feature all Vivaldi pieces, or may be collections of summer music, Baroque music, or even rock and techno as this famous piece has been adapted by some artists in those modern genres.
Although summer weather seems to have subsided now, be sure to attend LSO’s The Four Seasons on Friday. Ticket information is available at: 402-476-2211 or the LSO website.
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