Mid-Texas Symphony & David Mairs
Thoughts from Maestro David Mairs
Bee-tho-ven Sev-enth, Bee-tho-ven Sev-enth! (Say this slowly). This is what our fourth and fifth grade students will be saying at our free Children’s Concerts on Monday, October 16th at the Performing Arts Center at Canyon HS in New Braunfels. Each season we present a concert and invite all the area schools to attend. This year we will serve over 3500 area students.
They will learn about the magic of “Mr. Fragment” – Ludwig van Beethoven. His fabulous ability to make extraordinary music out of 3, 4, and 5 note themes is surpassed by no other composer in the history of classical music. His Seventh Symphony is one of the best and most exciting examples of this skill. All four movements have little fragments that are unique, melodically and rhythmically. What Beethoven does with these fragments, or motifs, is truly amazing. Every movement is different and captivating! If you listen for the fragments in each movement, you will discover a new way of listening to and enjoying the music of one of the truly great masters of classical music.
We are pairing Symphony No. 7 with the Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus, as it has a similar instrumentation in spite of containing different musical material.
Concertmaster Craig Sorgi will be our soloist for Concert Two. He has been our wonderfully musical captain of the orchestra for many years, and has also been a vital part of our creative endeavors by organizing and producing the work of the MTS Chamber Players throughout the season. Like Beethoven, Craig likes to try different things, different styles, and different types of concerts. On this concert as well, Craig has requested to do three shorter works for violin and orchestra instead of the customary three-movement concerto. Craig will be performing a lovely Romance by Svendsen, but also some very lovely works by Berlioz and Wieniawski. This delightful contrast will not only show us some different styles but will also cleanse our palettes for more Beethoven after intermission.
I look forward to bringing you some wonderful music featuring the violin and Craig Sorgi, before making sure that you have your seat belts fastened for “The Seventh!”
See you Sunday, October 15th, 4pm, at the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels. Buy ticket on this site!