“It is the artists of the world, feelers and thinkers who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, challenge, insist, sing and shout big dreams,” said American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. The musicians of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra are happy to take their audience away from a world full of worry and bring them into a musical world full of beautiful and calming sounds. A concert titled Darkness & Light will open the orchestra’s season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.
This concert season promises to be exciting as the orchestra will once again be able to present its life-size concerts. It will celebrate the music, its beauty, its strength, its motivating power and its ability to turn dreams into reality.
“After an unprecedented 16-month hiatus in the performance of a full orchestra, the DuPage Symphony is delighted to return to the Wentz Hall concert stage to provide you with a season of reflection and celebration,” says the website of the orchestra. “The events of the past year and a half have had a profound effect around the world, inspiring us all to embrace our global connections and strive to correct the imbalances in society. Through the healing power of music and its Unique ability to comfort and inspire people from all walks of life, the DSO recognizes the trials of the past and looks forward to the road ahead with an exciting 2021-22 season of concerts, featuring distinctive works by American composers as well as classics. well known in the literature. “
DSO Music Director and Conductor Barbara Schubert is the heart and soul of the orchestra. She has been conducting the orchestra in this role since 1986. Her enthusiasm, mastery and great energy, which have always inspired musicians, have helped them through these difficult months and overcome difficulties. Now, the Maestra is delighted to be back on stage and to share the beauty of music with the orchestra audience.
Founded in 1954, the DSO is made up of volunteer musicians. They spend their free time practicing music and delivering its beauty to their audience. These hard-working musicians deserve to be heard, and we deserve to hear what they have to offer.
This time, the music of the orchestra’s opening concert will evoke tenderness, nostalgia and resolute hope. The Darkness & Light concert program will reflect themes of both darkness and light and will begin with the sparkling Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein. Composed in 1956, Candide is an operetta based on the 1759 short story of the same name by Voltaire. The composer reflects the vibe of the original piece by using an energetic rhythmic style and making sure that every note in that piece matches Voltaire’s satire and optimism.
Next, the orchestra will perform An American Elegy by contemporary American composer Frank Ticheli. This play was originally written to commemorate the victims of the 1999 Columbine High School tragedy, and now the DSO is ready to offer this composition as a solemn memento of the millions of victims lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
This theme of thoughtful reflection is also reflected in William Grant Still’s poem for orchestra. According to Still’s wife Verna Arvey, it is a musical essay “inspired by the concept of a world reborn spiritually after a period of darkness and desolation.” It is said that the composer, who served in the Navy during WWII, probably had this difficult time in mind when he created this piece. This composition begins with a dark ambience and dissonant sounds while moving from darkness to light.
The concert program will end with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World. Composed in 1893, during the composer’s first year in the United States and towards the end of his career, this composition blends Dvorak’s own Czech heritage with musical influences from Native American and southern slave traditions. It is his most popular symphony and one of the most popular of all symphonies. Interestingly, Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, in 1969.
Now, during the year 2021, we need beautiful classical music more than ever in our lives. Even if we don’t take her to the Moon, we’ll just use her to survive – mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, because that’s the only way to move forward.
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