Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Breaking the Glass
The second in a series of “love letters to the community,” Music Director Alexandra Arrieche presents a program that breaks barriers that we have constructed within our world and amongst ourselves, and imagines a future of unity, belonging, and understanding.
ESTANCIA – Alberto Ginastera (1941)
Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia (“Ranch”), reflects the sights and sounds of his native Argentina in a set of four dances which celebrate the nationalistic sounds of the Argentinian culture on the orchestral stage.
VIOLIN CONCERTO No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 – Max Bruch (1866)
Violinist David Kim (http://davidkimviolin.com/?page_id=5), concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joins the Olympia Symphony to perform Max Bruch’s iconic Violin Concerto in G minor. Speaking of the value of art and culture across all generations, he says “It does something for the soul…it can’t just be about eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, riding your bike, it has to be more….if [kids] don’t have the art and culture in their lives I feel that there’s a dry spot in their heart. We human beings have a natural desire and a love for the arts, for music, and for love and relationships…you have a community, you have friends, and you’re a part of something that is so much fun….kids pick up on that and they think that’s awesome.”
SYMPHONY NO. 4 “HEROES” – Philip Glass – inspired by David Bowie (1996)
Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, inspired by David Bowie’s album “Heroes,” aims to merge the boundaries between “classical” and “pop” music, celebrating music as music and breaking barriers between genres. This concept parallels Alexandra Arrieche’s podcast “Beethoven Was a Rockstar,” where she identifies the labels used to define musical styles and breaks through the divisions.