Schubert 5 with Bahl

Omaha Symphony Bassoonists James Compton and Nicholas Nelson share the spotlight in a double concerto; the program ends with Schubert’s “Mozartian” Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major.

Sunday, Nov 14 | 2:00 PM

Artists

Ankush Kumar Bahl Music Director More
James Compton* Principal Bassoon More
Nicholas Nelson* Assistant Principal Bassoon More

Program Info

  • MARTINU: Toccata e Due Canzoni

  • JOHNSEN: Concerto for Two Bassoons in F Major

  • SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major, D. 485

Principal and Assistant Principal Bassoons, James Compton and Nicholas Nelson share the spotlight in a celebration of the quirky tenor-range double reed member of the woodwind section. Hinrich Philip Johnsen’s Concerto for Two Bassoons shows the instrument’s true potential for virtuosity, with idiomatic writing that brings athletic passages and flashy runs front-and-center. Before this, we hear a rarely performed work from the Czech composer Martinů, who returned to his Neoclassical roots with Toccata e Due Canzoni. The program ends with Schubert’s “Mozartian” Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major – the composer was known more for his flowing melodies and song cycles than his symphonic work, but the two worlds collide in this tuneful feat from a young Schubert.

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