WAGNER & VERDI 200th BIRTHDAY
Sanford Health MASTERWORKS CONCERT
Saturday, March 15th at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 16th at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
For the fourth concert of the exciting 2013-14 season, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and new Music Director Christopher Zimmerman will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of two famed composers who were born in the same year, yet their styles of music are strikingly different from each other.
This concert will feature orchestral interludes taken from some of their most famous and familiar operas, including Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, La Traviata and Aida, as well as Wagner’s Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger, and Tristan und Isolde.
The concert will also feature young musicians from the area in two works. Pianist BRAYDEN DREVLOW, the winner of the 2014 YOUNG ARTIST SOLO COMPETITION (an annual competition sponsored by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Classical Minnesota Public Radio) will perform one movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra.
Young musicians from the F-M SENIOR HIGH YOUTH SYMPHONY will join the FMSO in one of the pieces on the concert program, Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger, in a side-by-side performance with the orchestra.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS AND THEIR MUSIC
German Richard Wagner (REE-kard VOG-ner) and Italian Giuseppe Verdi (joo-SEP-pee VEHR-dee) are considered to be the two leading opera composers of the 1800s. Both were famous and brilliantly successful during their lifetimes.
Verdi’s operas are among the most enduring and are still popular today in opera houses all over the world, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, Macbeth and Aida. His music was beloved by his fellow Italians, and helped inspire the Italian “Risorgemento” resurgence movement under Austrian rule.
Wagner was a remarkable innovator in music at the time. His concept of the ‘total work of art’, in which all the arts were brought together into a single unity, led him to not only “blow up” the normal boundaries of opera (his pit orchestras and productions were so huge he had to have his own opera house built) but also nearly every aspect of his personal life as well. His compositions, though, are known for their sweeping drama and epic beauty including The Ring, a massive fifteen-hour, four-opera work – Das Rheingold, Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods).
Come to this concert and find out why the music of these two composers is still some of the most popular, powerful and beautiful classical music of all time.
Advance tickets are available here.
$5 STUDENT RUSH tickets (with student ID) are available at the door one hour before each performance.
MASTERWORKS CONCERT SERIES SPONSOR - Sanford Health
Concert Sponsor - Amity Technology