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 June through October 2019: Tanya Balsley, Karen Becker, Chris Bowen, Deb Bunker, Tim Callahan, Amy Cann, Peter Case, Lisa Cox, Doug Cox, Walter Cramer, Judy Fink, Rob Freeberg, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Jenny Holan, Dawn Kersula, Bruce Landenberger, Meg Lyons, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Jim Maxwell, Raquel Moreno, Guy Payne, Didi and Matt Prignano, Alison Schantz, Joe Sylvester, Melissa Trainor and Bob Wickberg