Music of the Romantic Era

The Northern Neck Orchestra will showcase the passionate music of the Romantic period at its winter concert on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the Lancaster Elementary School Theater, 191 School St., in Kilmarnock.

The performance will feature Elfrida Andrée’s Concert Overture in D Major, Antonín Dvořák’s American Suite in A Major, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a pre-concert talk by the orchestra’s Music Director Michael Repper at 6:45 p.m.

The performance opens with the majestic Concert Overture in D Major by pioneering Swedish composer Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929). One of the most recognized Swedish composers of her time, Andrée was the first Swedish woman to compose a symphony and opera, conduct a major orchestra and work as a professional organist.

Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) originally wrote his moving AmericanSuite for piano in 1894 while in New York City. The orchestral version, published in 1911, seamlessly blends American melodies with classical tradition much like his famed Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893 ) composed the dramatic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture in 1869. The overture begins with a chorale evoking the church, followed by a Montague and Capulet battle with sounds of clashing swords and then the legendary love theme. As an epilogue, the timpani taps out a dirge. Orchestral hammer-strokes seal Romeo and Juliet’s tragic fate.

Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) was fascinated with the rich variety of Spanish folk music. Written and premiered in 1887, the lively Capriccio Espagnol showcases brilliant virtuoso solos as well as the orchestral brilliance which are hallmarks of the composer. The piece is in five sections based on Spanish songs reflecting the music, dances and energy of village life.

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