Wilmington Symphony opens 2016-2017 season at Wilson Center Saturday
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Symphony’s opening night of the 2016-2017 Masterworks Series, titled “Serenades”, on Saturday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m., showcases the acoustics of the Wilson Center with music spanning four centuries.
This concert program entitled “Four Centuries of Orchestra Music” is bursting with exceptional music, with sounds ranging from the antiphonal brass choirs of 17th century Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli, to the full symphony in Benjamin Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell, to the recently composed Danzón No. 2 by prominent Mexican composer Arturo Márquez. Also featured will be Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, and Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Die Götterdämmerung.
Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell, later adapted with a narration as Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, premiered in 1946. It was intended as a film work, and has become one of Britten’s most popular concert pieces.
Danzón No. 2 is one of the most popular Mexican contemporary classical orchestral pieces. It inspired a short film made in 2009, set in Mexico City in the 1940s. The film features Márquez himself in a cameo as the pianist of a dance-hall.
Single tickets are $25-$35 (plus CFCC fees and NC sales tax) for adults and $10 (plus CFCC fees and NC sales tax) for students. Subscriptions for the 2016-17 Masterworks Series “Serenades” are on sale now at $100-$140 (plus CFCC fees and NC sales tax), and $40 (plus CFCC fees and NC sales tax) for students and youth under 17. For tickets call Ticket Central at 910-362-7999 or order online at www.WilmingtonSymphony.org.
The 2016-17 concert season is generously sponsored REEDS Jewelers, and River Bluffs Community. The opening night concert is generously sponsored by Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates.