Windham Orchestra Presents “Human Condition” May 19 The Windham Orchestra explores the “Human Condition” with works by Strauss and Shostakovich, a performance that is in part a tribute to the passing of Orchestra violinist Gudrun Weeks.
The concert — set for Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, in Brattleboro – “is a profound, gorgeous and, one might even say, joyful exploration of different spiritual states,” says Musical Director Hugh Keelan. “These works show us that tragedy is not necessarily sad – it can actually also be elevating.”
Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, are literally the composer’s last works, and include are “Frühling” (Spring), “September”, “Beim Schlafengehen” (When Falling Asleep) and “Im Abendrot” (At Sunset). As Keelan notes, “The last music we think Gudrun played with us was the violin solo from the song ‘Falling Asleep’; this will be both difficult and essential for us to play.”
Soprano Jenna Rae sings the inspiring and elevating cycle, and “the music offers the message that life goes on, even if life does not go on,” says Keelan. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 continues the tour of the “Human Condition,” he explains, “spotlighting conflict, strife, waiting, and the movement towards love and peace.”
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The Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help from November 2018 through April 2019: Carol Barber, Orion Barber, Rick Barron, Gussie Bartlett, Karen Becker, Mara Berkley, Robert Bonneau, Crager Boardman, Tim Callahan, Terry Carter, Walter Cramer, Charles Crowther, Maisie Crowther, Becky Eisenhandler, Judy Fink, Roberta Flatley, Rob Freeberg, Caleb Fritz, Clara Fritz, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Don Grybko, Sophie Hannah, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Francis Hebert, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Claudia Jacobs, Jonah Johnson, Stephen Lloyd, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Cecil Maxfield, Steve Minken, Keith Murphy, Ralph Palmer, Guy Payne, Ellen Peters, Virginia Pick, Jon Potter, Jaki Reis, Camille Robertson, Laura Robertson, Monique Shurman, Paul Eric Smith, Becky Tracy, Melissa Trainor, Riis Whitworth, Betsy Willams, Laura Bryant Williams, Pete Wilson and Lani Wright. Also included…the BMC Flute Choir (Robin Matathias: Conductor, Ellen Chornoboy, Jane Olmstead, Amanda Paradis, Shelley Sparks, Caitlin Sullivan, and Lynn Valente) and Gowan Brae (Bruce Frank, Karen Frank Bob Naess, Antje Ruppert, and Alison Schantz)