Wednesday, May 5, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony under the direction of Maestro Marlan Carlson performs its 2020-2021 season finale on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. The performance features a livestreamed performance by the string section of the orchestra from the Austin Auditorium in The LaSells Stewart Center and prerecorded performances from the brass and woodwind sections which were recorded outdoors due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 

The program opens with J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048, conducted by current OSU music student Elliana Phillips. Scored in an unusual fashion for nine solo strings (three each of violin, viola and cello) plus basso continuo, the brief ten minute work in three movements is one of six concertos Bach dedicated to Christian Ludwig, a military commander in Brandenburg, in 1721. 

Two masterworks from the Romantic era follow: the string sextet from Richard Strauss’s final opera “Capriccio” Op. 85 (an “opera about an opera”) and three movements from Pytor Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, a Mozart-inspired audience favorite penned in 1880.

Larry Johnson, OSU instructor of horn, leads a prerecorded segment featuring three operatically-derived works for symphonic brass ensemble:  Henri Tomasi’s “Fanfares Liturgiques,” a modernist composition derived from his little known mid-century opera “Don Juan de Mañara”; excerpts from Richard Wagner’s landmark operatic cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (The Ring Cycle) and the rousing “Hungarian March” from Hector Berlioz’s opera “The Damnation of Faust.”

The symphony woodwind ensemble conducted by Marlan Carlson closes the program in a prerecorded segment with excerpts from three popular classical and romantic works: W.A. Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni”; Krommer’s Partitia-Octet, and the Serenade for Winds, Op. 44 by Antonin Dvorak, followed by the lighthearted “Boogie” for woodwind octet by Peter Lawrance.

The webcast is free and open to all; no tickets are required. To view the performance visit cosusymphony.org.

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