With Chad Hutchinson, conductor and graduate conductor Michael Dolan.
THIS CONCERT WILL BE LIVESTREAMED.
On the program:
Blue Cathedral, Jennifer Higdon
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Tchaikovsky.
Jennifer Higdon won the Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto, written for soloist Hilary Hahn. Read about Ms. Higdon in The New York Times.
Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral” is one of the most performed contemporary works in the canon. It showcases the clarinet, flute and solo violin in a multi-layered tapestry that eventually leads to an amazing climax of sound and intensity. She wrote the piece in honor of her brother, who had recently passed away, and included notes evoking a cathedral in the sky. It is a very heartfelt work that will leave an impression on the listeners in Madison. There will be very interesting colors created by some unique instruments at the end of the piece.
On a similar note, the final two symphonies of Tchaikovsky see the composer turning to a very personal place of which to write from. He had suffered humiliation and rejection on many levels and this is his response to the fate that we are all faced with at some point. This Fifth Symphony begins with a dark theme that is repeated in various forms and guises throughout the work. It is intriguing to see how Tchaikovsky changes this motive by eventually allowing darkness and introspection to be turned into light.