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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Opens Symphony & Cinema 2015-2016 Season

The Fantastic Celebrates John Williams and His Classical Influences

Alexandria, VA—Do you recall the last symphonic music you heard?  Chances are—it’s a film score.

Cinema has become symphonic music’s new concert hall, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will be honoring five contemporary film composers and their classical influences in its 2015-2016 Season, Circle Unbroken: Symphony & Cinema…the tradition lives on.  The season opens with The Fantastic, a tribute to film’s reigning composer, John Williams, and his classical roots on Saturday, October 3, 2015 (8:00 PM) at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Arts Center and Concert Hall.

The season opener features music from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial and Star Wars as well pieces that inspired Williams in his composition of these iconic film scores.  The ASO will perform Wagner’s dramatic “Ride of the Valkyrie” from which William borrowed the techniques of leitmotif and lush orchestration.  Presented with all seven movements, Holst’s The Planets will illustrate Williams’s classical inspiration as the primary piece both he and George Lucas referenced when composing the original score to Star Wars.  In fact, Lucas first approached Williams to adapt The Planets to fit the film, but he instead responded he could do much better than that.  And what’s more fantastic (and tragic) than Berlioz’s ominous final March to the Scaffold in Symphonie Fantastique?

“Film composers are creating a vast new global audience for symphonic music that transcends age, ethnicity and socio-economics,” comments Kim Allen Kluge, ASO’s Music Director and Conductor.  “Film music links the old and new symphonic traditions.”

The season continues with Whimsy & Wonderment on November 7 and 8 exploring the influence of Prokofiev and Stravinsky on Danny Elfman’s scores to Spider-man and Edward Scissorhands.  On February 13 and 14, The Dramatic delves into Nino Rota’s The Godfather and his love of Italian verismo (realism) through the music of Puccini, Mascagni and Respighi.  Lushness & Lyrical on April 2 and 3 pairs James Newton Howard’s score to Peter Pan with three Romantic masterpieces: excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Smetana’s The Moldau and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker.

The season culminates on May 7 with The Transformative, featuring the music of American composers Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight), Gershwin (American in Paris) and Copland (Rodeo) as well as the world premiere of American Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Maestro Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Vassar Kluge.  The Kluges’ collaboration will be debuted by pianist Thomas Pandolfi, with whom they consulted throughout the project.

Tickets for the ASO’s 72nd Season: Circle Unbroken: Symphony & Cinema are now on sale.  New subscriptions start at $48; youth, student, military and group discounts available. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885. 

 

THE FANTASTIC: 

Wagner, John Williams & The Fantastic 

Kim Allen Kluge, conductor

HOLST: The Planets

WAGNER: Ride of the Valkyrie

WILLIAMS: Music from E.T. & Star Wars

BERLIOZ: Excerpt from Symphonie Fantastique

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

UPCOMING ASO CONCERTS:

WHIMSY & WONDERMENT:

Stravinsky, Elfman’s Edward Scissorhands & The Magical

Kim Allen Kluge, conductor

PROKOFIEV: Lieutenant Kije, Wedding & Troika

STRAVINSKY: The Soldier’s Tale

ELFMAN: Music from Spider-man & Edward Scissorhands

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial

THE DRAMATIC: 

Puccini, The Godfather & High Drama 

Kim Allen Kluge, conductor

PUCCINI: Love duets from La Bohème & Madama Butterfly

RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

ROTA: Music from The Godfather

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial

LUSHNESS & LYRICAL: 

Tchaikovsky, Howard’s Peter Pan & Romanticism 

Kim Allen Kluge, conductor

Jenny Oaks Baker, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz from Swan Lake

BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy

HOWARD: Peter Pan Suite

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial

THE TRANSFORMATIVE: 

Gershwin, Zimmer’s Batman & Eclecticism

Kim Allen Kluge, conductor

Thomas Pandolfi, piano

COPLAND: Rodeo

GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

KLUGE & KLUGE:  American Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

ZIMMER: Concert Suite from The Dark Knight

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall

 

Tickets: Adult $20-$80.  Student $10 (with ID). Youth $5 (age 18 & under).  Military, senior and group pricing available.

Purchase online at www.alexsym.org or call 703-548-0885.

Free pre-concert chat presented one hour prior to each performance.

Free parking provided by the ASO. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is accessible by Metro bus lines 7A, 7B, 7F, 7Y, 25A, 25C and 25E, as well as DASH bus line AT6.

 

Washington Masonic Memorial is accessible by the Blue and Yellow metro line, numerous Metro, Dash and Richmond Highway Express bus lines, and the King Street Trolley in Old Town, Alexandria.

 

Jenny Oaks Baker, Violin

 

Kim Allen Kluge, Conductor

 

Thomas Pandolfi, Piano

 

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

 

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