Come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra this December.
Handel’s Messiah, a life-long Southern Utah tradition, sets the mood for the season’s festivities.
Savor the brilliance of this truly inspirational masterpiece.
Concerts start promptly at 7:30 PM, Sunday, December 4th and Monday, December 5th, Cox Performing Arts Center, Dixie State University in Saint George Utah.
Lucas Darger conducts the Southwest Symphony Orchestra with the Messiah Chorale and soloists from the Southern Utah community.
FREE to the Public.
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Tickets are now available for the 31st Season of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota Florida.
Their season, entitled “The Search Continues”, begins on April 3, 2017 with works by Mendelssohn, Webern and Richard Strauss and concludes on April 12th.
Don’t miss out on special events like:
1. The ever popular “Sonata a Due” on December 6 and dine with “Musical Chefs,” where the musicians cook for YOU, held on April 7th.
2. Also, don’t forget to attend their daily rehearsals and pre-concert lectures.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.LaMusicaFestival.org today!
Welcome to Classical Music Discoveries' Season 13!
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Our previous show, "Music to Deliver Newspapers By", was so popular that we decided to create a 4+ hour show of Christmas music.
Most of this music is calming to help ease your stress during the holiday deliveries.
Bear in mind that if you take offense to music about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that this music may not be your cup of tea.
Mozart’s “Great Mass in C minor” is the common name of the last musical setting of a Mass by Mozart, not counting the unfinished Requiem Mass.
The “Great Mass” was composed in Vienna in 1782 and 1783 when Amadeus was no longer a church musician of the Salzburg Cathedral.
This large-scale work is scored for 2 soprano soloists, a tenor and a bass, a double chorus and large orchestra. The Mass was not completed since portions of the Credo were missing and the entire Agnus Dei. It remains unclear as to why the work remained uncompleted. Possibly because the Mass had fulfilled its underlying purpose for Mozart.
In a letter to Mozart’s father, Leopold, dated January 4, 1783, Amadeus writes he had made a vow to write a Mass in order to influence his then fiancée, Constanze to come to Salzburg and sing as one of the two soprano soloists.
Since she did come to him, married him and sang her solo at the premiere, perhaps Amadeus saw no need to finished the remaining uncompleted parts of the Mass.
So, it appears that the entire reason for this famous masterpiece was actually a ploy to tempt his fiancée to marry Amadeus in Salzburg. Once his mission was completed, there was no real need to finish the Mass.
A work of unheralded genius, composed out of pure love for Constanze, we are pleased to present to you the “Great Mass in C minor” conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. We also want to remind you that this performance is available on Amazon and Itunes.
The Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd concert of this season, entitled, Distant Replay - Pages of the Ages, was recorded on November 18, 2016.
Under the baton of Lucas Darger, the orchestra performs:
Academic Festival Overture by Brahms
The Adagio movement from Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninov
Festival at Baghdad from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade
The first movement from Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony
Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Grieg
Finlandia by Sibelius
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We wish to thank the musicians and staff of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra for allowing us to record and broadcast their concerts.
The Symphony in F Major, K. ? was probably written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in early 1765 in London.
The symphony is scored for two oboes, two horns and strings. The oboes are silent for the second movement.
This 3-movement symphony was lost until a copy in the hand of Leopold Mozart was found in 1980. The title page stated it was composed when Wolfgang was 9 years old, which would place this symphony as being composed in 1765.
However, since Leopold often advertised his son as being younger than his actual age, this date may be questionable.
Before the discovery of this symphony, this work was known to exist as small parts of this symphony were hand written on the cover page of another symphony.
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, K. 22 was composed while the Mozarts were in The Hague. The year was 1765 and Mozart was 9 years old. The Mozarts were currently on their musical tour of Western Europe. Young Mozart fell seriously ill during this time and he wrote this symphony while he was convalescing.
This 3-movement symphony, in Italian form is scored for 2 oboes, two horns and strings.
All three movements prominently feature the horns. A rousing first movement in B-flat Major opens the symphony, followed by a more solemn, mournful movement in the relative key of G minor. A short and very boisterous finale closes the work. It is noteworthy that the opening theme to the finale is borrowed from a keyboard concerto by J. C. Bach whom Mozart had met the previous year in London. This same theme would also reappear in a much later work, “The Marriage of Figaro” as it closes the 2nd act.
The Neville Marriner Conducts Mozart Series is sponsored by Dennis Loeffel.
Welcome to the 39th edition of La Musica Chamber Music Hour sponsored by La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota Florida.
In this edition we will hear:
1. Mozart’s famous serenade “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
2. Beethoven’s tirade against Napoleon invading Vienna with loud bombings, which interrupted his composition time, the “String Quartet in F minor” or “Serioso”
3. Schubert’s famous “Quintet in A Major for Piano and Strings” or better known as the “Trout Quintet”
For more information about La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, please visit their website at www.LaMusicaFestival.org. Information for their upcoming Season in April 2017 is now available. Also advance ticket sales are now in progress.
Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major was composed in 1764 when Mozart was 8 years old. By this time, he was already famous in Europe as a child prodigy, but had composed little music.
The autographed score of the 1st symphony is preserved in Krakow, Poland.
The piece was written during the Mozart family’s Grand Tour of Europe while in London. The family relocated to Chelsea during the summer of 1764 due to Leopold Mozart’s health. He was fighting a severe throat infection, at that time.
The house at 180 Ebury Street, now in the borough of Westminster, where the symphony was written, is marked with a plaque. The symphony was first performed on 21 February 1765. The work shows the influence of several composers, including his father and the sons of J S Bach. J C Bach was in important symphonist working In London and young Mozart had befriended him.
This 3-movement symphony is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns, harpsichord and strings.
Symphony No. 4 in D Major was also composed in London at this time, when Mozart was 9 years old.
Though the original manuscript for this symphony has not survived the years, the set of parts written in the hand of his father, Leopold, is preserved in the Bavarian State Library in Munich.
This is a 3-movement symphony which was standard in the early classical music era in which the younger Mozart composed. The symphony is in the typical fast – slow – fast configuration.
The work is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings.
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The opening for a new concert season is always exciting. However, this year, for the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, the excitement was doubly so as we welcome a new conductor for the symphony, Maestro Lucas Darger.
This year’s Halloween concert also welcomed the Hurricane High School String Orchestra to the stage, conducted by Debra Thornton. This special showcasing of a high school orchestra demonstrates the support of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra to youth music programs in southern Utah.
Also, the St. George Dance Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director, Summer Belnap Robertson, was there to thrill the concertgoers.
The first 3 selections in this broadcast will be performed by the Hurricane High School String Orchestra. They will play:
Selections from Scheherazade
Next the Southwest Symphony Orchestra takes the stage and we will hear:
Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
Selections from Wicked
Night on Bald Mountain
Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight
Funeral March of the Marionette
Selections from Phantom of the Opera
You will hear some spooky noises during the performances of Wicked, Bella’s Lullaby and Danse Macabre but these are only the haunting dances of the St. George Dance Company that you will hear.
We invite you to visit the orchestra’s website at www.SouthwestSymphony.co to see photos and videos from this concert.
We wish to thank the Southwest Symphony Orchestra for being a loyal sponsor to our show for many years and we want to remind our listeners that their recordings may be purchased at our online store located at www.ClassicalRecordings.co