Signature Series Concert 5

(Rescheduled from the 2019-2020 season.)

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

NEW DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
The King Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Sponsors: Dr. Richard Weber & family
Colleen Blagov, flute

MAURICE RAVEL | Pavane pour une infante défunte
W.A. MOZART | Flute Concerto in G Major, K. 313*
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastoral”

* The program that was originally scheduled for April 4 has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020. Due to logistics involved with presenting Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears, Maestro Confessore has decided to postpone that work, performed by flutist Amy Porter, until the 2021-22 season. We are delighted that we have engaged flutist Colleen Blagov as soloist on September 26. Colleen is Principal Flute with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a spectacular artist with an incredible stage presence.

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.

When you hear Mozart’s G Major flute concerto, it’s hard to believe that Mozart disliked the flute and finished the work under protest. It was part of a commission from a wealthy amateur flutist, Ferdinand de Jean which required Mozart to compose three flute concertos and several other short pieces. Mozart never finished the commission and lost out on a great deal of money. It is an elegant work, requiring great virtuosity from the soloist.

L-R: Maurice Ravel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart