Symphony conductor premieres own composition
May 27th, 2011
Omaha, NE – This weekend, the Omaha Symphony celebrates the Spirit of Creativity with original music from one of their own.
On Saturday, the Omaha Symphony performs music from some of the most original composers in the last century, including Copland, Bartok, and Barber. The concert also features the world premiere of the â€˜Three Scenesâ€™ for Chamber Orchestra by the Omaha Symphonyâ€™s Resident Conductor, Ernest Richardson.
The title â€˜Three Scenesâ€™ may be a bit misleading. Richardson says that he had no specific images or pictures in mind when writing. Instead, he said the music has more of a dramatic nature.
â€œThe one concept that ties all three movements together is this notion of a chase,â€ Richardson said.
The opening scene is a high-energy expedition. â€œItâ€™s a dark and aggressive kind of chase, and it doesnâ€™t maybe end well for the folks who are involved in the chase.â€
The second movement is reminiscent of a dream state and the third brings together a bustling marketplace, a hunt, chasing after love. While he didnâ€™t have an ensemble in mind at first, Richardson eventually looked to the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
â€œAs I was crafting the piece, I starting thinking about our players in particular,â€ he said, â€œand started to write with them and their particular skill set and passion and virtuosity in mind.â€
Also in mind was the audience. â€œAs you listen to the music, itâ€™s probably identifiably American…at this time in the development of our language and music. So itâ€™s very much influenced by all the music thatâ€™s part of our culture.â€
The concert is Saturday night at 7pm in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus.
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