Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Presents Poulenc And Rachmaninoff

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra
The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present Poulenc’s Gloria and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tivoli Theatre. 

Review for the performance:

The evening’s concert will begin with Poulenc’s celebrated Gloria. The CSO will be joined by guest soprano, Kathryn Frady, as well as the CSO Chorus and the Southern Adventist University Die Meistersinger and Bel Canto Choirs for this performance. The work is inspired by a return to religion and these themes are evident as Poulenc’s Gloria seamlessly blends the power and beauty of a symphony orchestra with the delicate and ethereal sounds of a chorus, creating a performance that is truly breathtaking. 

The concert will end with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Marked with a vibrant beginning, Symphonic Dances combines lush harmonies with moving rhythms to build a vibrant piece. Noted for combining almost melancholic movements with moments of power and energy, Symphonic Dances is sure to captivate and delight listeners. 

“Symphonic Dances is Rachmaninoff's last work, and it pulls out all the stops," said Kayoko Dan, CSO music director.  "He is known for his beautiful and memorable melodies and gorgeous and brilliant orchestration, and these are presented generously in this moving masterwork.  Poulenc, on the other hand, has a very different and distinct style for creating moving pieces. While his music is not overtly expressive, it is witty, personal, and once one can hear beneath his clever orchestration, it is deeply emotional.” 

Tickets range from $21 to $85 with discounts for students and educators and can be purchased by calling the CSO Box Office at 267-8583 or online at www.chattanoogasymphony.org. Following the concert, ticketholders are invited to Postlude – a reception held in the lobby with a chance to meet select musicians and guest artists.

The public is also invited to attend a dress rehearsal for the performance on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:45 p.m. in the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets to the rehearsal are $8 and attendees can pre-register online at chattanoogasymphony.org.



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