Tag: SASO

SASO to perform unusual works for saxophone

Punch Howarth Russian Romantic composer Alexander Glazunov’s, 1865-1936, last composition was a saxophone concerto, an instrument rarely used in a symphony orchestra. Only being invented in 1840 by Adolphe Sax, a clarinetist in Paris. Of nine varieties, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones are most commonly used; made popular in the swing bands of the…

SASO events

Punch Howarth Crown Imperial March by William Walton is a typical British processional/ceremonial march in the mode of Elgar whose Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 was performed on the January SASO concert. Walton was one of Britain’s better 20th Century composers and composed Crown Imperial for the coronation of King George VI in May 1937 and was revised…

SASO sneak preview of 2016-2017 season

Punch Howarth Selections by great well-known composers will highlight the 2016-2017 season of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner. Works by Beethoven, Nielsen, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Dvorak will thrill both audiences and orchestra members. In addition conductor Lerner has added a few esoteric and not as well-known works to challenge the…

Classical music: a brief analysis

Punch Howarth A brief explanation of Classical is a necessary opening as there are music forms other than Classical; Pop music that changes with culture modifications, Jazz that stresses invention and individual expression, Folk music relating to culture groups are but a few among others. Some vocabulary relating to Classical are serious, old, complex, highbrow,…

SASO, Past, Present and Future

Punch Howarth The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season ended on May 7 and 8 with one of their most ambitious programs that included Brahms, Samuel Barber and Berlioz. Each of these works has intrinsic difficulties that gave the orchestra no small challenge. Also, with these concerts this writer of SASO articles retired as principal timpanist…

Southern Arizona Symphony season finale

Punch Howarth Symphonie Fantastique of Hector Berlioz will be the major work by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in their season ending concert. Not really a symphony in the traditional mode, the five-movement work is a series of opium induced musical dream depictions. Along with Beethoven’s five movement Symphony No. 6, the Pastorale, depicting musical sounds…

April concerts by the Southern Arizona Symphony

Punch Howarth In thinking about writing this article describing the April concert by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, my first thought was that it will be esoteric, but no; is it too abstract? And again, no; what it is, is a surprisingly unique concert. Director Linus Lerner has selected works for strings and soloist, a…

SASO third concert includes Gould-Rachmaninoff-Dvorak

Punch Howarth Linus Lerner will return to lead the third program of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s concert season. Opening the program will be Morton Gould’s WW II patriotic American Salute of 1943, based upon When Johnny Comes Marching Home, an Americana folk song dating to the Civil War in the 1860s. Composed in one…

SASO plays Rachmaninoff’s “Resurrection” second piano concert

Punch Howarth SaddleBrooke’s Sheryll McManus will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor(m), that this writer labels his “resurrection,” with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra with Linus Lerner returning to the podium. The reason for my descriptive label is that following a disastrous failure at the premier of his First Symphony, Rachmaninoff…

Music and ballet—harmony in motion

Punch Howarth This article will be summer essay number five on Forms of Music and is one where I need to tread lightly—Ballet Music. There is much ballet music from romantic and modern composers that I am familiar with, but to attempt to explain ballet (the dancing) itself, I would pirouette-tutu easily and miss being…