“Don’t believe those who try to convince you that composition is just a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music that can move and touch us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when moved by inspiration “said Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra prepared a wonderful concert for its audience with music ignited by various sources of inspiration. This concert will take place on Saturday, November 20th at 7:30 pm at the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.
This touching concert program entitled “Inspirations” shows where different composers got their inspiration from and how they transformed their emotions and feelings into beautiful musical sounds and unforgettable musical thoughts.
This concert program would certainly not be possible without the ever-pulsating inspiration of the DSO music director and conductor Barbara Schubert, who has led the orchestra in this role since 1986. Her enthusiasm is contagious, her mastery undisputed. The DSO musicians not only reflect the musical ideas and thoughts of the composers during their performance, but also demonstrate the conductor’s approach to the music being played.
The concert will include a composition called the New England Triptych, written by 20th century American composer William Schuman. Schuman made a significant contribution to American culture and was considered a “longtime advocate of an ‘American’ musical sound and style”. In 1985 he won a special Pulitzer Prize that spearheaded “more than half a century of contributions to American music as a composer and educational guide.” In 1987 he also received the National Medal of Arts.
Schuman wrote the New England Triptych in 1956. It was inspired by the music of the 18th century composer William Billings and demonstrated the atmosphere of the revolutionary era. Schuman’s homage to this early American choral composer captures “the spirit of sinewy robustness, deep religiosity and patriotic fervor that we associate with the time of the revolution”.
Another masterpiece that the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will perform that evening is Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet: A Fantasy Overture. This orchestral work is based on Shakespeare’s piece of the same name. Like many other composers, Tchaikovsky was heavily inspired by Shakespeare and wrote other works based on his pieces. In his plays, Shakespeare’s main characters often refer to music, with singers and dancers also performing on stage. Even the words the bard uttered flow like music. Tchaikovsky was naturally moved to be inspired by it. Tchaikovsky is also known to dedicate his Romeo and Juliet: A Fantasy Overture to Mily Balakirev, which inspired and encouraged Tchaikovsky to write it.
The concert will also feature the colorful second symphony called Romanticism, written in 1930 by the American composer Howard Hanson, who was born the son of Swedish immigrants. Hanson was fascinated by his Scandinavian heritage, but he was also inspired by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, with whom Hanson studied at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. However, the composer himself named Grieg and Sibelius as his strongest influences.
Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 has been hailed as “the epitome of the 20th century symphony … written by an American”. Hanson himself described this cyclical, three-movement work as “young in spirit, lyrical and romantic in temperament, and simple and direct in expression”. This symphony became overwhelmingly successful and popular, and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra is excited to share the beauty of this masterpiece with its audience.
Why do we have to attend this concert? As Tchaikovsky said: “Music is indeed the most beautiful gift from heaven to mankind who wanders in the dark. It alone calms, enlightens and calms our souls. It is not the straw that the drowning person clings to; it is a real one Friend, refuge and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living. “
It is worth living when we allow ourselves to be inspired and comforted by classical music. His strength, charm and beauty will save this world while keeping our hearts and souls young, happy and motivated at the same time. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra prepared these unforgettable masterpieces for us with love and inspiration, and our job now is to embrace them with love.
There are still good places available for “Inspirations” on Saturday, November 20th at 7:30 pm. Visit the DSO website https://www.dupagesymphony.org/tickets-events and see all the details about the 2021-22 concert season. Single tickets are on sale now: https://northcentral.vbotickets.com/event/dupage_symphony_orchestra_inspirations/61865 Limited subscriptions are still available by calling the DSO office at (630) 778-1003. You can also purchase tickets by calling (630) 637-SHOW.