Why You'll Love This Concert
Our fine feathered friends have long outdone us as musical virtuosi, and their song has inspired composers throughout the ages. Let your imagination take flight with the exotic colors of Stravinsky’s Nightingale, exquisite birdsong from Vivaldi and Rautavaara, and the graceful melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, 2 harps, celesta, piano, strings
Composed 1917. First performance: 6 December 1919, Théâtre national de l’Opéra, Paris. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Ernest Ansermet, conductor.Read More
flute, strings, continuo
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2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, celesta, strings, tape
Composed 1972. First performance: 18 October 1972, University of Outu, Finland. Stephen Portman, conductor.Read More
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, harp, strings
Composed 1876. First performance 4 March 1877, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.Read More
Nature’s Finest Musicians
For thousands of years, birds have fascinated and humbled us with their beauty and virtuosity, inspiring composers and performers with their effortless musicality.
History’s Most Imaginative Composers
Four composers from four centuries— each uniquely talented and visionary in his evocation of the natural world.
Did You Know?
Einojuhani Rautavaara was admitted to Juilliard on the recommendation of Jean Sibelius. He went on to study with Aaron Copland and Vincent Persichetti.
From Vivaldi— perhaps best-known for the vibrant soundscape experiments of The Four Seasons— to the Finnish melodies of Rautavaara, these composers share an eagerness to push musical boundaries in their quest to bring the beauty of nature to concert audiences.
Did You Know?
The featured “soloists” in Rautavaara’s Concerto for Birds and Orchestra are a shore lark and a flock of migrating whooper swans.
What a great evening. I didn’t want the music to stop. What a thrill to be part of it... My personal thanks to you for your marvelous insight into the music and the composers. Thanks so much for enriching my life each month.
Directions to Redlands
Redlands is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Riverside, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Highland, and Beaumont. From Hemet, it’s just a short jaunt north on CA-79 and West on I-10. It is easily accessible from Los Angeles 60 miles east along Hwy 10. And from San Diego, it’s a beautiful, 2-hour drive north along I-15 and I-215.
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