Lexington Symphony: Music of Masters

8:00 pm; Conductor's Talk at 7:00 pm Sat, Apr 5, 2014

Venue: Cary Hall

1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

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Led by Music Director Jonathan McPhee, Lexington Symphony presents the fifth concert of its 2013-2014 "Music of Masters" season with a program that subtly celebrates and explores the idea that the sum of the parts of a musical piece can be greater than any distinct characteristic, sound, or voice. Included in the evening's lineup is Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, a piece that manages to use musical sounds to capture the essence of the Scottish Hebrides, with its cold, bleak, and windswept bogs. Martin's Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments will also be performed. This composition first gives each of the seven winds an opportunity to be the concerto soloist, and then introduces the percussion instruments, building to a large ensemble performance. The last piece offered on this illuminating program is by Beethoven, who succeeds with his unforgettable Symphony No. 7 in combining the very simplistic elements of melody, rhythm, and harmony to create a towering masterpiece. A pre-concert Conductor's Talk with Jonathan McPhee will be offered at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $50/$40/$30 (students $15) and can be purchased online at www.lexingtonsymphony.org, by telephone at 781-523-9009, or at the door.

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