Signature Series Concert 5

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
The King Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Sponsors: Dr. Richard Weber & family
Amy Porter, flute

MAURICE RAVEL | Pavane pour une infante défunte
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY | Trail of Tears for solo flute and orchestra
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastoral”

Beethoven depicted his love of nature in his programmatic 6th symphony, originally titled “Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life.” Though he worked on both his 5th and 6th symphonies at the same time, they could not be more different.

Ravel’s work, which translates literally to Pavane for a Dead Princess, does not refer to death, but to music a young princess may have enjoyed dancing to long ago.

Daugherty’s Trail of Tears was written to honor the 4,000 Cherokee who died while forced to walk 800 miles from Georgia to Oklahoma. Daugherty says: “My flute concerto is a musical journey into how the human spirit discovers ways to deal with upheaval, adversity, and adapting to a new environment.” Trail of Tears premiered in 2010, performed by the Omaha Symphony and Amy Porter, to whom it is dedicated.

L-R: Maurice Ravel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Michael Daugherty