Will You Marry Me?

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Will You Marry Me?

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April 13,2019
Classical
Pre-Concert Lecture
6:30 pm
Pre-Concert Music
6:45 pm
Concert Performance
7:30 pm
 

Our three pieces on this concert take us to three different locations for romance and wedding celebrations. Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo was inspired by the gardens built by Phillip II for his spring palace, and he wrote his Concierto de Aranjuez to recapture the feelings of his honeymoon, the singing of the birds, the gushing of fountains, and the beautiful flowers of the gardens. English composer Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise depicts a boisterous Scottish wedding, followed by the sun coming up after the night of parties and dancing. It is one of the only pieces for orchestra that features a bagpiper in full regalia—you won’t want to miss this spectacle! Finally, we go to a small village in Pennsylvania for a wedding party in Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet Appalachian Spring. This beautiful and moving piece depicts the excitement of the wedding, the nervousness of the newlyweds as they begin their life, and the comfort and faith their neighbors give them through the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.”