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Glass Symphony No. 3
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
Bizet Symphony No. 1

Jorge Mester, conductor
Michael Colvin, tenor
Jon Gustely, horn

Philip Glass' liner notes for his third symphony suggest that a string orchestra has its own sound that is both rhythmic and lyrical, a mixture of the bite of horsehair on strings, the plonk of pizzicato, and a singer's long cantabile phrases. In his symphony's first movement, Glass uses this attribute to show just how suspenseful C major can be. It has the character of a gripping movie score, thanks to its ventures into the dark, "flat" side of its harmony.

Benjamin Britten's much loved Serenade consists of six poems by British writers set to music and book-ended by solos for unaccompanied horn. With texts of Cotton, Keats, Tennyson, Blake and others, to the composer's surprise, the work became immediately successful, and over the years it has became a standard part of the repertoire of both horn players and tenors.

November 15, 2012
10:30 a.m. – COFFEE CONCERT
Brown Theatre, Louisville

November 16, 2012
Brown Theatre, Louisville

Brown Theatre
315 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: Info: 502.587.8681 Tickets: 1.800.775.7777
Price: $17+