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- $8 for one ticket to see Edgewood Symphony Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Season Finale Concert & Gala Reception (up to a $16.65 value)
- When: Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Carnegie Music Hall
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 2 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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The Edgewood Symphony Orchestra celebrates its first quarter-century in existence with a suitably triumphant program. Maria Sensi Sellner, the winner of the 2012 American Prize in Opera Conducting, steps in for some guest baton-work, leading more than 70 volunteer musicians and allowing the orchestra’s usual conductor, Walter Morales, to take a seat at the piano for the Grieg concerto. Following the performance, a gala reception in the grand foyer delights concertgoers with hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and more live music.
- Shostakovich—Festive Overture: Brassy fanfare introduces a breakneck sonic party of balanced counter-themes, layering melodies without diminishing the sprightly tempo. And the work was written with nearly the same speed. Commissioned to commemorate the 37th anniversary of Russia's October Revolution, Shostakovich completed his work in just three days.
- Grieg—Piano Concerto: Pomp and bombast mark this work, which betrays the youthful angst of the composer in his 24th year. The dramatic melody and billowing notes were featured in the classic Swedish film The Seventh Seal and immortalized in Weird Al’s Piano Camembert-o.
- Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4: Tchaikovsky does not mess around. Interspersed with uneasy silences, striking fortes rain down in the first movement, giving way to melancholy oboe in the second. By the fourth movement, a bolder mood is struck and the work begins to incorporate a famous Russian folk song, "In the Field Stood a Birch Tree."