Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon’s 30th anniversary concert season opens with Symphony No. 5 in C minor by Beethoven and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major.
Conducted by Music Director Cynthia Hutton, performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
The Youth Symphony will play Mozart's Flute Concert No. 2 with soloist Courtney Badura, winner of YSSO's 2017 Concerto Competition. Also look for Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
Tickets are $10; $5 for students, and tickets for the Medford show are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000. Tickets for the Ashland show can be purchased at Paddington Station in Ashland or Artistic Piano in Medford.
The main theme from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, “G, G, G, E-flat,” is perhaps the most well known motif in music, according to a YSSO press release. During World War II, Allied forces associated the motif with the Morse code letter “V” — dot-dot-dot-dash — for victory. Beethoven’s own words about the motif were, "Thus Fate knocks at the door." The composer wrote, “I will take Fate by the throat; it shall not wholly overcome me.”
The motif returns throughout the work. Written between the years of 1804 and 1808, the symphony is dedicated to two of Beethoven’s patrons, Prince Lobkowitz and Count Rasumovsky. It premiered in 1808 in Vienna.
While living in Mannheim, Germany, in 1777, Mozart was commissioned to compose flute concerti and flute quartets by Dutch East India Company surgeon Ferdinand Dejean. Mozart composed two concerti and three quartets. In 1920, parts to an oboe concerto by Mozart, thought lost, were found and discovered to be nearly identical to the Second Flute Concerto but in the key of C. The concerto, consisting of three movements, is scored for an orchestra of two oboes, two horns and strings.
Also under the direction of Hutton, the Youth Orchestra will play arrangements of Edward Elgar’s "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major," the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s opera "Nabucco," and the march from Georges Bizet’s opera "Carmen."
Elgar felt no disgrace in writing his marches, described by some as “music crimes.” He said, “For my own part, I know that there are a lot of people who like to celebrate events with music. To these people I have given tunes. Is that wrong?” "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4" was completed in June 1907 and dedicated to George Robertson Sinclair, organist of Truro Cathedral.
Verdi’s third opera, "Nabuccodonosor," later shorted to "Nabucco," premiered at Milan’s La Scala Opera House in 1842. The libretto is based upon the story of the enslavement of the Hebrews by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia. The opera "Carmen," composed in 1873 and 1874, was Bizet’s final work. He died in 1875, the year the work premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris. Initially considered a failure, "Carmen" has become one of the best-loved operas of all time and the only one of Bizet’s operas consistently staged today.
Accomplished public school, private school, home school and college string, brass, woodwind and percussion musicians from Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Central Point, Talent, Phoenix, Williams and Eagle Point were selected to participate in the Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra this season.
Call 541-858-8859 or see ysso.org for information.