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Farewell and Fanfare - Friday, December 4, 2009

University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, featuring the UM Concert Choir

James Ross, music director Jasmin Lee, piano Nicole Aldrich, guest conductor

Friday, December 4, 2009 8:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

The UMSO presents a night of masterpieces, featuring the UM Concert Choir, and pianist Jasmin Lee, winner of the 2008 UMSO Concerto Competition:

  In quoting the funeral march from Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony, Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen laments the destruction of the Munich Opera House and German artistic culture in the wake of WWII. Read more about Strauss's life and the the devastation of the German aesthetic in these library resources.

  Edgar Var�se's first work composed after his emigration to the United States in 1915, the composer intended the title Am�riques to symbolize "discoveries - new worlds on earth, in the sky, or in the minds of men." On this list, you will find information on Var�se's life, as well as a score and recordings of this piece.

  Written when the composer was just 19 years old, Sergi Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1 was modeled after Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, and was dedicated to Rachmaninoff's cousin and teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Siloti.

  Based on a poem by Friedrich Schiller, N�nie, Op. 82, was composed in memory of Johann Brahms's friend and 19th century German classicist painter Anselm Feuerbach. Read more about Brahms, Feuerbach, and N�nie in these library materials.