Focus: American Roots

Monday, April 2, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Beethoven Symphony No. 8, 2nd movement
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Program:

  • COPLAND Quiet City
  • COPLAND Old American Songs
  • JEREMY KITTEL World Premiere
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F Major

Eric Jacobsen, conductor | Jeremy Kittel, violinist & composer Lyman Brodie, trumpet | Sotos Djiovanis, English horn Central Florida Community Arts Chorus

Written as incidental music for Irwin Shaw’s play of the same name, Copland’s Quiet City is an ode to New York City, the city that never sleeps, represented by the trumpet solo, and the lonely people that inhabit it, portrayed by the English horn. By contrast, Copland used a variety of subject matters as inspiration for his Old American Songs, including politics, love, death, children, and religion.

Jeremy Kittel is as comfortable fiddling as he is playing jazz or Bach or composing for the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, or the Turtle Island String Quartet of which he was a member for five years. He has performed as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and many others. He is currently working on his fifth solo album featuring original works.

“Without exaggeration, Jeremy Kittel is one of the great violinists and creative musicians of his generation. His technical virtuosity and sonic sensitivity are extraordinary, and his work both as a composer and performer are inspired. Jeremy is the kind of musician that you want to work with every day – his stylistic versatility, creative openness, and genuine musicianship are very special.” –Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra

Beethoven called his Symphony No. 8 his “little Symphony in F” to distinguish it from the longer and more substantial Symphony No. 6, also in F Major.  Given that this symphony was written at a time in his life when Beethoven was despondent over a failed relationship and was having thoughts of suicide, it is remarkable that he was able to create this joyous, perfect classical masterpiece.

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