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Symphony Number One continues its inaugural season with Dvořák's Serenade for Strings, Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, and a world premiere by award-winning composer Nicole Murphy.
BALTIMORE, MD — Join Symphony Number One for an evening of sensational music for strings!
Described by the Baltimore Sun
as "a worthwhile addition to [Baltimore's] music scene,"
the second program of the season opens with Dvořák's Serenade for Strings
, one of his most popular orchestral works for audiences and musicians alike. A string orchestra arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg's hauntingly beautiful Verklärte Nacht
(Transfigured Night) follows. Originally composed for string sextet, this one-movement work weaves the tale of two young lovers' journey. The highlight of the program will be a world premiere for string orchestra by award-winning Australian composer Nicole Murphy
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Symphony Number One will perform at Grace and St. Peter's Church on October 17 at 8pm and October 18 at 3pm with the world premiere of Nicole Murphy's newest work for chamber orchestra. Led by conductor Jordan Randall Smith, the program will also feature two orchestral staples: Dvořák's Serenade for Strings and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht.
Written in the same year as his Symphony No. 5, Dvořák's charming Serenade for Strings exhibits elements of both the serenade and the symphonic genres. The dreamlike larghetto theme unifies the ebb and flow between youthfulness and nostalgia throughout the five-movement serenade.
A young, 25-year-old Schoenberg composed his famous Verklärte Nacht in just three weeks during a vacation in the scenic Austrian countryside. Its lush post-Romantic tones travel the road between the first and last lines of Richard Dehmel's poem Weib und Welt: "Two people walk through bleak, cold woods... Two people walk through an exalted, shining night." Continuously transforming themes and motifs render an intensely expressive musical depiction of the powerful human drama.
Symphony Number One is pleased to present Jonathan Russell as the headline composer for its third concert on March 25 & 26. Russell will compose an expansive new work for chamber orchestra which will be performed alongside Boulez's formidable Dérive 2.