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UMD Symphony Orchestra: Ginastera's Harp

Sunday, November 10, 20134PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall

James Ross, music director
Karen Abrahamson Thomas, harp

UMDSO in performanceKaren Abrahamson Thomas, winner of the 2012 UMSO Concerto Competition, joins the UMDSO in a performance of Alberto Ginastera’s bold concerto for harp. Ginastera's music reflects influences of Argentinean folk music and great 20th-century masters such as Stravinsky and Bartók, and shows the full range of the harp as a solo instrument. Visit the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library to learn more about the pieces and composers featured on this program:

Alberto Ginastera - Harp Concerto, Op. 25

Anton Webern - Six Pieces, Op. 6

Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Some highlights of these lists include:

Harp Concerto, Op. 25 — Alberto Ginastera, composer, performed by Nancy Allen and conducted by Enrique Batiz
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — IPAM Collections
Call Number: MASV CD DCA 654
The association between Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera and Spanish virtuoso Nicanor Zabaleta produced one of the most technically demanding works in the harp repertoire. Premiered in Philadelphia in 1965 under the baton of Eugene Ormandy, Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Op. 25 allows the soloist to move beyond the traditional sounds and techniques associated with the instrument and to integrate with the orchestra in a novel and exciting swirl of sound. Visit the IPAM listening room on the second floor of the Performing Arts Library to delve into this monumental work.

Complete Webern — Anton Webern, composer, conducted by Pierre Boulez
Location:
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number: MCD 5777
Although Anton Webern’s catalog of works is not large – all of his pieces for string quartet, chamber ensemble, orchestra, solo piano, voice and chorus fill only six compact discs – the composer’s output is nonetheless striking in its strict adherence to the parameters of Arnold Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique, as well as in Webern’s inventive approach to the organization of rhythm and dynamics. Along with the works of his teacher Schoenberg and fellow student Alban Berg, Webern’s compositions were an important influence on the music of second half of the twentieth century, especially those of Pierre Boulez and his fellow Darmstadt serial composers of the 1950s. Explore Webern’s full catalog as conducted and supervised by Boulez, available in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters — Selected and Annotated by Styra Avins, Translations by Josef Eisinger and Styra Avins
Location:
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: ML410. B8 A4 1997
From his days as a young student of Robert Schumann to his later years as a revered figure in the musical community of Vienna, Johannes Brahms documented his compositional evolution in letters to family and friends. This general collection of his letters, the first available in English, begins with a note from the eight-year-old Brahms to his piano teacher in Hamburg and concludes with a postcard sent to his mother several days before his death in 1897. This volume includes helpful annotations and a short chronology of the composer’s life to provide context for Brahms’ words.

Streaming audio: Check out a playlist featuring works on this program, available through the Naxos Music Library database.