One of the most striking elements of music is its power to communicate opposites of emotion, and the experience of moving between those emotions. The unique collection of works on this program embodies the visceral journey between these disparate feelings, as well as a virtual journey through the environments of the dark and the light. Michael Gilbertson was a Pulitzer-Prize finalist in music in 2018 and composed his creative concerto for woodwind quintet and chamber orchestra in 2016. Entitled
The Cosmos, the work explores the wonders and phenomena of our universe. Paired with this new work is a staple in the solo repertoire, Sergei Prokofiev’s stunning first concerto for piano. The concert concludes with one of the greatest symphonies in the history of classical music, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4. Composed when Schubert was only nineteen years old and subtitled
Tragic by the composer, the Fourth Symphony of the great Austrian prodigy captures the essence of the emotional darkness and light found in music.
Pre-concert ensemble: Saxophone trio
Concert program and notes