Saturday October 20, 2012 – 8 pm
Paul McEwen peforms Haydn’s trumpet concerto in Eb major.
Academic Festival Overture
Composed in 1880 as a thanks to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate. The work is exciting, humorous and lyrical. Brahms wrote Tragic Overture as a contrasting companion piece the same year.
Trumpet Concert in Eb major
Written in 1796 for Haydn’s friend Anton Weidinger. Weidinger had developed a keyed trumpet which could play chromatically over its entire range. The concerto exploits the new instrument’s capabilities by including melodies in the low register.
Symphony No. 2 (Little Russian)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed his Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 in 1872. One of his very joyous compositions, Tchaikovsky used three Ukrainian folk songs to great effect in this work, thus it was nicknamed the “Little Russian”.
Sat. December 1 – 8 pm, 2012
Candide is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire. Hershy Kay orchestrated all but the overture, which Bernstein did himself.
Mosaic Concerto for Horn
Elizabeth Knudson is a Vancouver-based freelance composer. Her concerto for solo horn and orchestra, Mosaic, premiered in June 2010 at the Roundhouse, with the West Coast Symphony, and Oliver de Clercq as guest soloist.
Grand Canyon Suite
This suite for orchestra by Ferde Grofé, composed during the period from 1929 to 1931 consists of five parts, each an evocation in tone of a particular scene typical of the Grand Canyon.
Saturday February 23, 2013 – 8 pm
Pianist Lorraine Min plays Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3.
William Tell Overture
The instrumental introduction to the opera William Tell by Gioachino Rossini, the overture is in four parts, each following without pause. There has been repeated use (and sometimes parody) of parts of this overture in both classical music and popular media, most famously as the theme music for the Lone Ranger radio and television shows.
Piano Concerto No. 3
Serge Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 26 is his best-known concerto. It was completed in 1921 using sketches first started in 1913. Prokofiev himself played the solo part at the premiere on 16 December 1921 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Stock.
Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55), also known as the Eroica (Italian for “heroic”). The symphony is widely regarded as a mature expression of the classical style of the late 18th century that also exhibits defining features of the romantic style in the 19th century.
Sat. April 13 – 8 pm / Sun. April 14, 2013 – 3pm
Come listen to this special concert featuring Lars Kaario and the Capilano University Singers and soloists performing the works of Brahms, Mozart, and Vaughan Williams.
Brahms’ German Requiem is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, and a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms’s longest composition.
Ave Verum Corpus and Regina Coeli
A motet, this setting of the Ave Verum Corpus was composed to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. Regina Cœli (“Queen of Heaven”) is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Christian Church.
Saturday June 1, 2013 – 8 pm
Nancy DiNovo performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto.
Poet and Peasant Overture
Franz von Suppé was an Austrian composer of light operas who was born in what is now Croatia. A composer and conductor of the Romantic period, he is notable for his four dozen operettas.
Dmitri Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and was one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.
Respighi Pines of Rome
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral “Roman trilogy”: Fountains of Rome (Le fontane di Roma); Pines of Rome (I pini di Roma); and Roman Festivals (Feste romane).