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Sunday, March 17, 2013 • 3 p.m., Warren Woods Tower High School

Musical Notes




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Pre-concert Discussion (2-2:30 p.m.)

Just prior to the concert, join Jessica Payette, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor of Musicology at Oakland University for a discussion of the program.


Kicking off a concert featuring several of the orchestral repertoire’s most cherished and canonized compositions of the past two centuries, the Warren Symphony will perform the famed overture to Gioachino Rossini’s first comic opera, “The Italian in Algiers.” Dvorak’s elegant Serenade No. 2 in d minor for wind instruments, a favorite of Johannes Brahms, serves as a wonderful textural contrast to Aaron Jay Kernis’s sublime Musica Celestis, a magnificent work evoking endless hymns of praise. Then, hum along!—Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor lends its familiar four-note opening motif to the title of this event.

  • Overture to “The Italian in Algiers” – Rossini

Listen to L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture Carlo Maria Giulini (Conductor), Philharmonia Orchestra of London, from the album Rossini: Overtures, EMI Classics

  • Serenade No. 2 in D minor , op. 44 – Dvorak

Listen to the movements 1 – 4, Neville Marriner (Conductor), Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, from the the album Dvorak: Serenades Op. 22 & 44, Philips

  • Musica Celestis – Kernis

Listen to Musica Celestis: for string orchestra from the album Aaron Jay Kernis: Second Symphony / Musica Celestis Hugo Wolff (Conductor), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix USA

  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 – Beethoven

Listen to the movements 1 – 4 from the album Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 / Coriolan & Fidelio Overtures, Fritz Reiner (Conductor), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA / BMG

Sample music selections by David Kidger, PhD, Associate Professor of Musicology, Oakland University
The WSO performs a wide variety of orchestral works, including many of the symphonic repertoire’s most acclaimed and highly regarded compositions. We present guest artists and guest ensembles of both regional and international renown.

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