Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8:00 PM
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
The stunning one-movement Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), by Brahms
features a six-part chorus and a large orchestra. It’s followed
by his gorgeous and moving Nänie, a composition for chorus and orchestra
that sets the poem of the same name by Friedrich Schiller to music. The
work was inspired by the loss Brahms suffered when his close friend, the
painter Anselm Feuerbach, died. Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, No.
6 (“Pathétique”), calls to mind what the composer himself
wrote: “The ultimate essence of the symphony is LIFE. The first
movement is all forceful passion, confidence, thirst for action. The finale
is DEATH, the result of destruction. Second movement, love; third, disappointment.
The fourth ends dying away.” An apt description if ever there was one!
Kids age 7-17 are free. Please call the Strathmore Ticket Office directly
at (301) 581-5100 to purchase Kids free tickets. Kids free tickets are
not available for online purchase.
Brahms Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”)