Orchestra concerts answer the age-old question of what sound a tree makes when it falls in the forest and later gets found and made into a violin. Solve the mystery with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see Riverside Symphony’s Shadow and Light, featuring Nell Snaidas
- When: Saturday, January 25, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $24 for rows P–W of the prime orchestra (up to $47 value)
- $30 for rows E–O of the premium orchestra (up to $60 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
All ticket holders are invited to attend Hear Hear!, a free preview of the evening’s contemporary work featuring Toru Takemitsu’s Death and Resurrection. The event begins at 7 p.m. when doors open.<p>
For its Shadow and Light concert, the Riverside Symphony explores themes of despair and hope by comparing and contrasting four works from different times. Two Baroque masterpieces, whose airy melodies often mask deep melancholy, offset a pair of 20th century pieces where bleakness finally gives way to something like hope. Carrying the vocal pieces is soprano Nell Snaidas, who the New York Times has praised for her “beautiful soprano voice.”
- Charles Avison and Domenico Scarlatti—Concerto Grosso No. 11: Starting with keyboard sonatas by the Italian composer Scarlatti, 18th-century English composer Avison arranged and adapted them into a series of concertos for string orchestra. His eleventh includes an elegant second movement whose round-like melodies echo and overlap through trilling string solos.
- J.S. Bach—Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!: One of Bach’s rare sacred cantatas for solo soprano, No. 51—translating to “Exult in God in All Lands”—features a virtuosic Alleluja finale that requires a two-octave range, the ability to hit a high C, and either the skill to read music or remember sounds real good.
- Toru Takemitsu—Death and Resurrection: Written for the 1989 Japanese film Black Rain, Death and Resurrection mingles unresolved chords of aching sadness with an ethereally hopeful melody, expressing the suffering felt by victims of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. This performance marks the piece’s US premiere.
- Arthur Honegger—Symphony No. 2: First performed in 1942, Honneger’s second symphony expresses a tragic gloom at the war raging around his native Switzerland. The sad tone abates only with the final trumpet solo, which offers a glimpse of brilliant light amongst roiling strings.<p>
New York City is full of freelance musical talent. For three decades, Riverside Symphony has gathered much of it together into innovative concert programs that display a taste for striking juxtapositions, mixing the titans of the classical tradition with modern, local works. At any given performance, audience members might see a rare work from Haydn or Prokofiev, a couple young soloists on the rise, and dozens of beautifully polished black shoes.<p>
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