Gregory Hughes conductor
Miles Maner bassoon
What’s Interesting About This Concert
The overture to Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) was selected for this concert as a tribute to the Athenaeum Theatre, which was originally built to perform the beloved operas of the neighboring church’s German parishioners.
The bassoon has been a mainstay of the orchestral woodwind section for centuries, but it is rarely heard in a solo setting. Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto will bring the warm and playful tones of the bassoon into the spotlight!
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring nearly caused a riot when it premiered in Paris in 1913, with the audience making such a raucous that the musicians could barely hear each other on the stage! Since then, however, the work has taken a place as one of the more popular (if still somewhat avant-garde) pieces in the orchestral canon.