The Melrose Symphony continues its 98th Season with an exciting concert featuring two epic composers, Ludwig van Beethoven and film composer Miklós Rózsa. The concert takes place on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 8 pm, in Melrose’s historic Memorial Hall. There will be a pre-concert talk with conductor Yoichi Udagawa at 7:15 pm.
The concert highlights powerfully emotional and passionate music from film composer Miklós Rózsa, opening with his “Parade of the Charioteers” from the 1959 movie Ben Hur. Rózsa won three Oscars and composed nearly 100 film scores including Ben Hur, Spellbound, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Double Indemnity. In addition to film scores, Rózsa also composed traditional concert music such as his Sinfonia Concertante written for violin and cello soloists with orchestra. The MSO is excited to welcome back acclaimed Boston Symphony musicians violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young to perform this exciting and evocative work. Maestro Udagawa will speak from the stage about the genius of Rózsa and what makes this composition such a masterpiece.
Closing the concert is perhaps the most recognizable piece in all symphonic literature with its famous four-note introduction: Beethoven’s monumental “5th Symphony.”
“Rózsa’s Sinfonia Concertante is a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo violin, cello, and orchestra. The piece is full of gorgeous, sweeping melodies and intricate details of great beauty and power. The musicians of the Melrose Symphony and I are thrilled to be able to perform it with Lucia Lin and Owen Young. This is an exhilarating program with music by two masterful composers – and we can’t wait to share it with our fabulous audience! ” – Yoichi Udagawa
Special: 20% off tickets with discount code mayorsblog20 Tickets are $29 general admission, $10 for students and can be purchased in-store at Miter Biter or Buckalew’s on Main Street, Melrose (cash/check only), or online at www.melrosesymphony.org.