The Omaha Symphony Brings Audiences ‘Four Seasons’
May 6th, 2015
Omaha, NE — Did Vivaldi write 500 concertos, or one concerto 500 times? Ben Rasmussen has answer along with a guided tour of the calendar year![audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/OS-Seasons-KVNO.mp3]
This Sunday Thomas Wilkins and the Omaha Symphony will present an all-Italian concert at the Joslyn Art Museum. The program includes selections from Rossini and Luciano Berio, but the centerpiece is a performance of all four of Vivaldiâ€™s â€œSeasonsâ€ with Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore as the solo violinist. Gilmore says that, while he was incredibly prolific, Vivaldi took pains to create variety in his many concertos by giving each a unique character. For example, Spring is primarily cheerful:
â€œWe begin with â€˜Springâ€™; â€˜Joyful spring has arrived, and the birds welcome it with their happy song.â€™ …and the birds (have) lots of little chirps, then thereâ€™s a thunderstorm,â€ Gilmore said.
â€˜Summerâ€™ also includes birdcalls and a thunderstorm, though the mood couldnâ€™t be more different:
â€œUnder the merciless sun languishes man and his flock,â€ she said. â€œAnd then we start to hear a series of bird calls, and the cuckoo begins to string. If you listen to the way he writes it, youâ€™ll hear the voice of the cuckoo on the lower string of this pattern. All through â€˜Summerâ€™ there is a sense that a storm is cooking…it comes and goes in the slow movement, and finally it arrives in the slow movement.â€
Gilmore says Autumn has a party atmosphere…
â€œItâ€™s basically a drunken harvest festival and thereâ€™s a lot of celebration and â€˜full of the liquor of Bacchusâ€™ and the music actually feels like youâ€™re dizzy and teetering,â€ she said.
Winter, on the other hand, has a chill that bites:
â€œSo it begins to walk frozen, and then the icy wind and then the famous melody that everyone recognizes â€˜to stamp your feet to get the snow off your bootsâ€™,â€ Gilmore said.
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s all-Italian performance featuring Vivaldiâ€™s â€œFour Seasonsâ€ and soloist Susanna Perry Gilmore is Sunday, May 10 at the Joslyn Art Museumâ€™s Witherspoon Theater. The concert begins at 2 pm, and for more information and tickets call (402) 345-0606 or log on to omahasymphony.org.
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