We hear so much symphonic music without even realizing it! In ads, TV shows and many popular movies, it has a way of evoking emotion on an epic scale through nothing more than the combination of notes and sounds, employing the universality of music as a tool to unite us, without the untidiness of words.
From the background to the main feature
Within the realm of classical music, there is the dramatic, the glorious, the serene, the epic, the sacred, and the profane. The sheer power of a live performance has the ability to evoke emotions that only translate in person.
After the success of Bremerton West Sound Symphony’s previous concert, whose range of musical styles took audiences from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto to Gershwin’s Suite from Porgy and Bess, the symphony wants to thank the community for its generous support with two concerts coming up in November.
The past and the present merge creating a musical picture
Musica Sacra e Profana: Wieniawski, Gypsies, and Jazz, playing at the Admiral Theatre, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m., reflects the current almost-post-pandemic mood as we remember the last year, look forward to the future, and begin to celebrate again.
The concert begins with Belshazzar’s Feast, a piece that tackles a biblical tale of exile, sacrilege and regained freedom, neatly reflecting the past year’s struggles and the light at the end of the tunnel.
Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto #2, from the Romantic period, is considered to be the composer’s finest work, its lush and moving melodies taking listeners on a journey back to a simpler time, employing an energetic rondo in the gypsy style in it’s finale, evoking freedom of the spirit and soul.
Continuing in a romanticized Flamenco style, Defalla’s El amor brujo is a Spanish tale of love, betrayal, ghostly obsession, and the seeking and gaining of freedom. It’s hard to avoid getting swept up in the stirring “Danza ritual del fuego!” (Ritual Fire Dance).
The Bremerton Symphony Youth Jazz Ensemble will complete the evening’s offerings.
Celebrate the holidays with classical style
The Bach Wedding Cantata & Advent Celebration at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church on Nov. 28 at 3 p.m., offers celebratory music to ring in the beginning of the Christmas season. The concert opens with Bach’s lively and hopeful Wedding Cantata #202, featuring the beautiful soprano voice of Seattle Opera Star, Tess Altiveros accompanied by the incomparable Kristin Guy on the oboe.
From Austria to Venice, Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in C Minor, also from the baroque period, evokes the majesty of nature in its lilting melodies and powerful refrains.
Music Maestro! Help keep the music alive – and live
The Bremerton West Sound Symphony is excited to introduce its new donor program, the Maestro Club. Membership benefits include VIP seating at all concerts (no reservations required!), preferred parking or shuttle service, dining discounts, and members-only wine receptions at select concerts. New members receive a small welcome gift at the first concert they attend. Learn more at patreon.com/bremertonsymphony.
Reserve seats free online today! Please note that COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Check here for information.