Classics 6 | Fantastic Contrasts

Classics 6 | Fantastic Contrasts

Apr 06, 2019 08:00 PM
Civic Center Music Hall
Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre

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Presented By OKC Phil

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

Shostakovich   First Suite for Jazz Orchestra
Gershwin   Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Gershwin   Rhapsody in Blue
Shostakovich   Symphony No. 12 in D minor (The Year of 1917)

This concert features a musical study in fantastic contrasts. From Gershwin’s jazzy and virtuosic rhapsodies for piano and orchestra, featuring Natasha Paremski, composed by a man who was one of the wealthiest composers ever. Contrast this with Shostakovich’s bombastic symphonic statement, created from a Russian soul fighting for his life through music. Despite the differences in Shostakovich’s and Gershwins’ worlds, they each influenced their times through music composed for not only the concert hall, but also for film, musical theater and dance halls, creating works that spoke to their generation.