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Journey Through Land and Sky
September 27 @ 7:30 pm$25 – $37
Scott O’Neil, Conductor
(GPO Music Director Finalist)
Andrew Dahlke, saxophone
Tchaikovsky: Storm Overture (14′)
Williams: Escapades, from Catch Me if You Can (16′)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (44′)
1 hour 30 minutes, including intermission
Pre Concert Talk? Yes, at 6:30 PM in Hensel Phelps Hall
About the Concert:
The GPO kicks off its 109th concert season celebrating some of the most famous and prolific composers of all time, including Ludwig van Beethoven and John Williams. Featuring Andy Dahlke, UNC’s professor of saxophone and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s first-call saxophonist, the GPO will take you on a journey through land and the skies performing John Williams’ Escapades from Catch Me if You Can. Enjoy additional sky-themed pieces with Tchaikovsky’s rumbling Storm Overture and Symphony No. 6, Beethoven’s “pastoral” symphony inspired by bird songs.
What’s Interesting About this Concert:
- Saxophone usually isn’t found in your typical orchestra, but John Williams features it in Escapades.
- Catch Me If You Can was the twentieth collaboration between John Williams and director Steven Spielberg
- Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, aka the Pastoral Symphony, is one of very few of his works that explicitly contains programmatic content (where the music represents a non-musical narrative or story).
- Tchaikovsky wrote The Storm when he was 24
Concert presented by Auto Collision Specialists
Featuring Andy Dahlke, saxophone
Saxophonist Andrew Dahlke is recognized across the U.S. and abroad for his versatility and the artistry he brings to diverse musical settings and genres. Andrew is especially known for his abilities as an interpreter of Western European classical music and as a jazz improviser.
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