TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
2 COMPOSERS | 2 CONDUCTORS
CHORAL SOCIETY OF DURHAM
DURHAM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
DURHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTED BY RODNEY WYNKOOP
& MAESTRO WILLIAM HENRY CURRY
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Saturday, April 30
7:30pm at Weaver Auditorium at
the Durham School of the Arts
Two spectacular works composed by two very different composers, conducted by two very different conductors.
Some answers from the Choral Society
about this performance:
Two conductors, eh? Will it be a battle of the batons?
No, actually, there's a lot of collaboration that needs to happen between conductors to pull this kind of thing off. (And the choir and the orchestra are ALWAYS very well-mannered, as trained by their conductors.) Plus, we will enjoy the experience of being directed by two uniquely gifted and celebrated conductors.
Why Mozart and Bruckner together (and hold the pickles)?
Well, Beethoven was said to be the bridge between Classical and Romantic music, and Bruckner just picked up where he left off. There are many places in Te Deum where one could swear they've been transported back to Beethoven's Ninth. So one could say that Mozart (a Classical composer) and Bruckner (Romantic) back to back might make a great Beethoven sandwich.
The Requiem is a religious piece. Was Mozart a religious man?
In his own words, “I cannot possibly live like other young men. In the first place I have too much religion, in the second too much love for my fellow men and too great a sense of humor.”
While they were both Austrian, Mozart was a cerebral, ebullient, musical geek; Bruckner was a bit of a Goth. Mozart had a family; Bruckner was a loner. Although by most accounts, Mozart might have been more fun to be with, one source asserts that Bruckner was an excellent dancer! (Read this about Bruckner)
How was Bruckner different from Mozart?
How do you all feel sharing the stage with high schoolers in the Mozart piece?
They are great singers, and we are confident they will pull their own weight. Plus, many of us remember how we started in high school choirs, and how those experiences began and nourished cherished friendships and a closer connection to our higher power (not talking about conductors here). We are grateful for the chance to sing with them, relive some of those memories, and make some new young friends!
Maestro William Henry Curry
The Choral Society of Durham is thrilled to welcome
Maestro Curry has won acclaim at home and abroad, conducting over 40 orchestras, including stints with the New York City Ballet, as well as debut performances with the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He has worked with the likes of such artists as Zubin Mehta, Aaron Copland, John Williams, and Ella Fitzgerald.
He is also a composer of note(s). Read more about his many achievements here.
Who was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
(1824 – 1896) He was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies.
(1756 – 1791) Baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".
Who was Anton Bruckner?
Read more about Mozart from Wikipedia
Read more about Bruckner from Wikipedia
If you time it right, you could get them all going at once! Learn more about conducting here.
Here are some samples of conductor styles, all doing Beethoven's Ninth...
Photo courtesy of Marc Banka
Rodney Wynkoop conducting the Choral Society of Durham. Read more about Dr. Wynkoop here.