Program


Anatoly Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Thea Musgrave Loch Ness: A postcard from Scotland, U.S Premiere
Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra Soloist John Manning, Bass Tuba
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.6 “Pastorale”

 

Soloist John Manning bass tuba 2017

Soloist John Manning, bass tuba

Enjoy an enchanting evening with Music Director and Conductor Paul Phillips, who leads the Pioneer Valley Symphony in a performance of music celebrating The Magic of Nature. The PVS proudly presents the US premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Loch Ness, a whimsical depiction of the fabled Scottish lake in which the tuba portrays the fabled undersea monster. A mysterious Russian lake is portrayed by Anatoly Lyadov in The Enchanted Lake: “thoroughly picturesque…cold, evil, but as fantastic as a fairy tale.” John Manning, former Professor of Tuba at UMass-Amherst, returns to western Massachusetts to perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto, the finest concerto ever written for this bass brass instrument. Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony, the first great symphony to portray nature in music, concludes the program.

 

About Musgrave’s Loch Ness: A Postcard from Scotland

Thea Musgrave

“Rich and powerful musical language and a strong sense of drama have made Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave one of the most respected and exciting contemporary composers in the Western world. Her works are performed in major concert halls, festivals, and radio stations on both sides of the Atlantic […] Known for the clarity of her invention, the skill of her orchestrations, and the power of her musical communication, Musgrave has consistently explored new means of projecting essentially dramatic situations in her music, frequently altering and extending the conventional boundaries of instrumental performance by physicalizing their musical and dramatic impact.”
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