The UTC Music Department will present the UTC Orchestra featuring the Music of Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius and Bizet, conducted by Jooyong Ahn, on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St.
The program includes Beethoven’s Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43”, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major, Sibelius’ “Valse Triste”, and Bizet’s “Jeux D’Enfants” from the Children’s Games Suite. The performance is presented free of charge and open to the general public.
In 1801, Beethoven composed music for Neapolitan choreographer Salvatore Viganò’s ballet based on the myth of Prometheus: “The Creatures of Prometheus.” It was first performed on March 28, 1801, in Vienna, and marked Beethoven’s introduction to the Viennese stage. At the time, ballet as an art form independent of opera was relatively new, and Viganò was one of the first to give it depth and character. The UTC Orchestra will be performing the Overture to this two-act allegorical ballet.
After the burst in symphonic writing during 1772 and 1773, Mozart's activity in the field diminished. Over the next two years only three new works appeared, of which K. 201 is the most remarkable. It is dated April 6, 1774, a period of Mozart's life lacking in documentary detail. The opening Allegro is unusual among Mozart's symphonies for its inclusion of a quiet introduction; the motive’s forward drive is maintained by repeated note and tremolando figurations. Both the Andante and the Minuet, which succeed it, are characterized by the use of dotted-rhythms which give the muted strings of the former a mood of dignified eloquence, and the Minuet rare energy. The final Allegro con spirito includes hunting-horn calls. Mozart's biographer Alfred Einstein described this finale as "the richest and most dramatic Mozart had written up to this time." One might indeed go further and suggest that K. 201 is the finest symphony Mozart had yet composed. He obviously thought highly of the work as it was one of four symphonies he requested his father Leopold to send to him after settling in Vienna (letter of January 4, 1783).
“Valse Triste” (Sad Waltz), Op. 44, No. 1, is a short orchestral work by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It was originally part of the incidental music he composed for his brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt's 1903 play Kuolema (Death), but is far better known as a separate concert piece, the first of which was titled “Tempo di valse lente - Poco risoluto,” which was revised in 1904, and performed in Helsinki on 25 April, 1903 as “Valse Triste.” It was an instant hit with the public, and remains one of Sibelius's signature pieces.
Like Schumann's “Kinderszenen” and Debussy's “Children's Corner”, George Bizet's “Jeux d'enfants” ("Children's Games") Op. 22, composed in 1871, is written about children rather than for children to play. It's a suite of a dozen miniatures, each a minute or two long, evoking the simple games and interests of very young children. Most of Bizet's piano works are miniatures and mood pieces, and “Jeux d'enfants” stands out from this oeuvre only in its special vivacity and tunefulness. Bizet arranged five of these movements for orchestra, calling it either “Jeux d'enfants” like the original or “Petite Suite.”
For more information contact the UTC Music office at 425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music.