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17-18 European Tour
Katy Harth, guest vocalist
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Saturday, November 18, 2017 (7:30 pm)

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide: Overture
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, WWV90: Prelude & Liebestod
Guest vocalist Katy Harth
Serge Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, Op. 25
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a

Lawrence University graduate Katherine Harth joins us for Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The Four Sea Interludes, extracted from the opera Peter Grimes, closes out this magnificent musical tour.

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Program Notes

Notes from Maestro Groner:
There is a story behind much of the music on today’s concert. The Overture to Semiramide by Rossini is a piece close to my heart. It was the very first piece on the first rehearsal in first job, as violinist with the Oklahoma Symphony. I had just auditioned for, and won, a full-time violin position with them the week before. I was fresh out of school, in another state, had no car, no furniture and I did not know exactly what to expect. I can still remember how excited I was to begin making music at the professional level.

Lawrence alumna Katherine Harth is, simply put, a gem. She has a wonderful voice which is beautifully suited to sing the Wagner Liebestod. Her voice, like her persona, has great warmth and clarity.

As I have programmed hundreds of concerts over 23 seasons with the FVS, I have kept a repertoire “to do” list for the orchestra. Some of the pieces on that list were audience requests, some were pieces which one or more of the orchestra’s musicians had on their “bucket list”, some were pieces which I knew that the orchestra needed to perform to grow, and others were pieces which I was saving for when the orchestra was ready to take them on. The two pieces which populate the second half of this concert were on that list a very long time. So, the phenomenal Classical Symphony by Prokofiev is now off the list and is here to be heard. It is so Mozartian in clarity, so Prokofiev in its difficulty, and so delightful. The Four Sea Interludes, extracted from what I consider to be one of the world’s best operas, Peter Grimes, also no longer lies fallow on that list. I am so happy that these two works have finally found their home on this concert.

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