A Confluence of Culture

Using the words confluence and culture in the same phrase brings out the essence of music in numerous ways. During its 2013‒2014 concert season, the Montgomery Philharmonic will explore the confluence of culture that exists in music. We will delve into the structure, harmonies, melodies, and rhythms that create music. From region to region, genre to genre, and style to style around the world, music contains confluences that make it magical, fascinating, and enchanting.
 
At its first concert, the Montgomery Philharmonic will examine how composers write descriptive music. Mendelssohn’s scenic overture, The Hebrides, describes the striking terrain of Staffa Island on the Hebrides archipelago off the coast of Scotland. Verdi’s overture to the opera Nabucco describes an event in history. Beethoven expresses the concept of heroism in his Third Symphony.
 
The second concert surveys important Russian composers and their country’s confluence of culture. The orchestration and emotion of the music of Russia is unique. The concert features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, quoting music from the Russian Orthodox liturgy through a concert overture that uses word painting as a composition device. The soloist for the second piece—Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A—will be Lydia Leong. This brilliant concerto is Glazunov’s most famous piece. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. The ballet epitomizes the Russian school of dance and is one of the most popular pieces during the Christmas season.
 
Our third concert takes a look at the music of North America. This exciting concert celebrates youth in our community, linking both old and young musicians. The Montgomery Philharmonic and music students from Watkins Mill High School will host the annual Bernie Rappaport Young Musician Competition for Middle School Students for talented flutists this year. We will also play music by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez and American composers Morton Gould , Howard Hanson and Aaron Copland, as well as the premiere of a commissioned work for strings composed by Doris Gazda, a former Montgomery County Schools music teacher.
 
At its fourth concert, the Montgomery Philharmonic will join the Central Maryland Chorale in performing Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Commissioned anonymously by Count Franz von Walsegg to honor the death of his 21-year-old wife, this enduring piece was Mozart’s last and was left unfinished at the time of his death. It was completed by other composers who followed Mozart’s sketches on scraps of paper. 
 
Our fifth and final concert will be an evening of serenades. The evening will explore serenades in the chamber music genre. We have selected serenades from over the centuries to explore this music form over a long period of time.
 
Our website provides information about the music, including webnotes and video and audio recordings. Please enjoy taking advantage of the information on our website.

Montgomery Philharmonic 2013 – 2014

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Why should you join the Montgomery Philharmonic?

With its unique musical program, the Montgomery Philharmonic is re-inventing the community orchestra. Like no other community orchestra, our musical program includes great connections to the community with the Bernie Rappaport Young Artist Competition for middle school students, the Youth Chamber Music Festival, the side-by-side concert with Watkins Mill High School students, and our Summer Reading Sessions.

We offer a varied program of experiences for each musician in the orchestra. Our repertoire is extensive and spans many genres and time periods. Through our collaboration with the Central Maryland Chorale, Montgomery Philharmonic members have an opportunity to play oratorio. We offer a chamber music experience, which gives musicians the option to participate in an in-depth, year-long study of chamber music, leading to a concert at the end of the season. Section rehearsals provide musicians with extra help solving problems that are unique to their particular section.

Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra serve as our coaches for a series of Adult Education Master Classes that are open so that the public can observe our work. The Montgomery Philharmonic provides a unique experience for the serious community musician who desires the challenge of musical growth.