ABERDEEN, S.D. – Supernatural beings will be on musical display Nov. 3 at Northern
State University as the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony presents an all-orchestral program, “Gods & Monsters.”
The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Auditorium, opens the 50-member symphony’s 2012-13 season, “Musical Passions.”
Conductor Robert Vodnoy will lead this spectacular program that includes Mozart’s majestic “Jupiter Symphony” and Debussy’s exquisite tone poem “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” performed in honor of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The program will open with “Superman Returns” by John Williams and conclude with the 1919 Suite from Igor Stravinsky’s great ballet “The Firebird.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” is perhaps his most beloved and performed masterpiece. The work, based on the poem of the same title by the symbolist French poet Stéphane Mallarme, describes the sensual experiences of a faun (the God Pan) as he awakens from a dream. His dreamy narrative is portrayed by a solo flute, performed by the symphony’s principal flutist, Charity Ost.
The art and poetry associated with Debussy’s works will be discussed in a pre-concert conversation led by professors Greg Blair, Casey Black and Vodnoy, beginning at 6 p.m. in Berggren Recital Hall.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s monumental Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) completes the program. Mozart composed the work in August 1788 – it was the last symphony he composed.
Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. All students are admitted free. Season tickets for the orchestra’s three concerts are also available. Season ticket holders save 16 percent and help support the orchestra. Single and subscription tickets are available in advance at Engel Music in downtown Aberdeen. The box office opens at 6 p.m. on the concert evening.
The orchestra’s 2012-13 season continues Sunday, Feb. 24, with “Celebrating Verdi & Wagner” featuring the NSU Collegiate Choir and soloists Darci Bultema and Michael Skyles, in a semi-staged performance of excerpts from Verdi’s “La Traviata” staged by theater director Dan Yurgaitis.
NSU’s Williams Library will host an exhibit, “Exploring Verdi and Wagner,” January-February 2013, the 200th anniversary of both composers.
The season concludes with “OOH-LA-LA! French Night at the Symphony,” with guest cellist Wesley Baldwin, on April 20, 2013. For more information, visit the orchestra’s website, www.aberdeensymphony.org
, or call 605-626-2497.