A fabulous concert you will be sure to love. Two beautiful song cycles, one by Charles Ives and the other by Maurice Ravel. Then Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll – with a ballet interpretation by dancers from the New England Academy of Dance. The program concludes with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, first performed by the composer in 1924. Pianist Andrew Armstrong will be our soloist for this performance.
An early evening Holiday concert for the entire family. The program starts with the familiar strains of Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Portion plus the Hallelujah Chorus) featuring the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut. Then there’s ballet with selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker performed by members of the New England Academy of Dance. And we close with our traditional vocal and orchestral seasonal favorites.
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices. This concert adaptation was created by David Ives for the Carnegie Hall benefit concert of SOUTH PACIFIC in 2006.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's
SOUTH PACIFIC: IN CONCERT
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel
"Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener
Concert Adaptation by David Ives
SOUTH PACIFIC is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.
We start the program with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, with members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Principal Orchestra joining us in the musical bucket brigade. Next comes the young winner of our 2020 Concerto Competition playing a piece of his or her choosing. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 completes the program
We open our 80th season with a journey that takes us from Soviet sailors in China with Glière’s Russian Sailors’ Dance from the Red Poppy ballet, to Central Europe with Bartok’s Hungarian Pictures, then on to 1870s Vienna with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and finally to 1920s “Bohemian” Paris with Ravel’s Tzigane.