Omaha Symphony plays â€œKorngold Violin Concertoâ€
September 26th, 2014
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Symphony kicks off its new Masterworks season with a bang, a concert featuring Tchaikovskyâ€™s â€œSymphony No. 4â€ conducted by Music Director Thomas Wilkins.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/korngold-web.mp3]
The soloist for this performance is the Symphonyâ€™s own Concertmaster, Susanna Perry Gilmore. She will perform the â€œViolin Concertoâ€ of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a composer Gilmore says more people are familiar with than they realize.
â€œHe came over here in the early 30â€™s and was brought to Hollywood and is really one of the founding fathers of Hollywood film music,” Gilmore said.
This career shift, at the time, actually hurt his professional reputation.
â€œWhat happened was he became pigeonholed as â€˜the movie composerâ€™ and not treated seriously, and that was very hard on him,â€ Gilmore said. â€œI mean, he was an incredible child prodigy, Mahler praised him…and then he got derailed by political events, and so when the war was over, he vowed not to do any more film.â€
Gilmore says that Korngold decided to use music from his films in his serious works, starting with the â€œViolin Concerto.â€
â€œThe very first melody you hear, from the second the piece begins, is the theme from â€˜Another Dawnâ€™ from 1937,â€ Gilmore said. â€œAnd then, you can hear how he took that very bold and bombastic material from the movie, and he kept the exact same melody but heâ€™s now transformed it into something with a very different mood. The clarinet melody that opens the second movement is from â€˜Anthony Adverseâ€™ from 1936, and the big melodic second theme from the third movement is from â€˜The Prince and the Pauperâ€™.â€
Gilmore says the concerto is not just challenging and rewarding for herself, but for her colleagues in the orchestra.
â€œItâ€™s very contrapuntal, so throughout there are very important melodic and rhythmic material from the orchestra concurrent to the soloist, so itâ€™s a nice, meaty project for everybody to dig into,â€ Gilmore said.
The Omaha Symphony will perform Tchaikovskyâ€™s â€œSymphony No. 4â€ and Korngoldâ€™s â€œViolin Concerto on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27. Both performances are in the Holland Performing Arts Center and begin at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information, call (402) 345-0606 or visit online, omahasymphony.org.
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