BRAHMS/arr. BRIGHT SHENG: Prelude & Black Swan
HUMMEL: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
ELLINGTON/arr. GOULD: Solitude
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2
The Omaha Symphony and Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl present a program that showcases the orchestra world’s transition from the Classical to the Romantic period—Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Ludwig van Beethoven were contemporaries and rivals, ultimately reconciling later in life. Principal Trumpet Scott Quackenbush shines in Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, a cornerstone of the repertoire that requires an agile mastery. Beethoven’s later Symphonies are often found in programming rotations with more frequency than his first two, but his Second Symphony in D Major marks a new boldness in the composer’s work, illustrating his daringness to push the boundaries harmonically. This program also celebrates great arrangements—Brahms' Prelude and Black Swan opens the afternoon, arranged by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng. Ellington's jazz standard Solitude, which was written at lightning-speed in 20 minutes, is a gorgeous reflective moment for the orchestra in this arrangement by Morton Gould.
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