WESTFIELD – Prepare to be transported on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, as the Westfield Symphony Orchestra presents To Russia and beyond with Love, a grand season finale featuring monumental favorites of the classical music repertoire.
Tzars meet the Hapsburgs as WSO brings together two great composers whose works are representative not only of giant European dynasties in their death throes, but also, perhaps, of the over-ripe and soon to be toppled Romantic era of classical music itself.
The concert opens with the Allegro Moderato from Austrian Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, a magnificent and deeply spiritual work, the grandeur of which is rivaled only by the Gothic cathedrals in which the composer worked as an organist. The performance will also include a unique examination by Maestro Wroe, with the aid of the whole orchestra, of Brucker’s dramatic compositional techniques and use of melody, harmony and other musical elements.
The evening’s exciting finale continues with the timeless beauty of one of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved and most heartfelt works, the massive Symphony No. 5. Composed at the apex of the Romantic era of classical music, its noble passion, gut-grabbing intensity and beautiful melodies have captivated audiences for over a century.
“I am thrilled to be ending the season on such an orchestral high note”, commented Maestro David Wroe, leader of the fully professional WSO. “Tchaikovsky and Bruckner are both outstanding Romantic symphonists and we will present them side-by-side in fabulous contrast – Bruckner, the devout and passionate organist meets Tchaikovsky, the darling of Russian High Society!”
Tickets ($25-$70) may be purchased directly from the WSO office (224 E. Broad Street) or by calling the box office at 908 232 9400. Tickets are also available (for cash or check) at The Town Bookstore in Westfield and Martin Jewelers in Cranford.
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