RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES
GERSHWIN | Girl Crazy Overture
LOWDEN | Armed Forces Salute
TCHAIKOVSKY | 1812 Overture
*Program subject to change
Our featured soloist in this year’s Liberty concert is our 2020 Young Artist Concerto Winner, Antonio Wu, pianist from Madison, who won this competition back in February with the Mendelssohn Capriccio Brillant, op. 22. It’s a shorter piece by Mendelssohn, a concert standalone movement. Mendelssohn was a child prodigy who lived from 1809 to 1844, and who, by age 12, was writing string symphonies. Mendelssohn was an incredible child protégé, often overlooked by Mozart’s notoriety.
This program, Liberty, was originally slated to be our July 4th program, so there is a patriotic theme to this music. We open with Girl Crazy Overture by Gershwin, and a work by the American composer Kurt Weill, his Lady in the Dark: Symphonic Nocturne as arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.
We are performing the Viennese composer Carl Michael Ziehrer’s Star Spangled Banner March. We are also including On Wisconsin by John Philip Sousa, the Colonel Bogey March by Alford, and the Armed Forces Salute by Lowden.
Of course, we finish with the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky written as a tribute to the Cathedral of the Redeemer when the Russian forces defeated Napoleon and the French in the battle of 1812. It has come to be recognized as a hallmark of our Independence Day.