Special Philadelphia Orchestra Performance October 22

Beaumont Cordially Invites You and a Guest to

The Philadelphia Orchestra – “Piece by Piece” Presentation         

and a Special Performance of Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks for Chamber Ensemble.

on October 22nd, 2017.

RSVP BY OCTOBER 13th, 2017. Seating is limited and strictly on a first come basis. Register by email here, or by calling 610-526-7004. Valet parking is available at the front entrance. Click here for directions to Beaumont.

3:30 – 4:30 P.M. COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, meet and greet orchestra members in the Beaumont music room.

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA “PIECE BY PIECE” PRESENTATION

Avid music lovers and concert-goers alike wonder at times about the individual “voices” of the orchestra and the seemingly impossible task of pulling them together to speak as one.

This fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ presentation by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra de-constructs the orchestra into a few of its individual instruments. Each musician, in turn, explains how their instrument is made and creates its unique sound, what attracted them to it in the first place, and its role in music history and perhaps notable compositions. They’ll also talk about the arcane art and science of conducting and guiding these instruments into creating extraordinary musical stories and experiences together.
 

6:00 – 6:30 P.M. A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF RICHARD STRAUSS’ TILL EULENSPIEGEL’S MERRY PRANKS FOR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

To illustrate how individual instruments can express an astounding range of emotion and movement, and how together they weave a musical narrative, the featured musicians will perform one of Richard Strauss’ best-known tone poems: Till Eulenspiegel. Originally written between 1894 and 1895 for large orchestra, it was beautifully re-scored for chamber ensemble by Franz Hasenohrl.

Till Eulenspiegel (literally translated as Till the Owl Mirror) was a folk hero in German and Low Country stories dating back to the middle ages. A rebellious and irreverent jokester, he exposed vice, greed, folly, hypocrisy and foolishness by holding a mirror to his contemporaries and institutions alike. The lively score follows Till through his hilarious pranks and, as his adventures did not always end well for him, ends by celebrating his irrepressible and timeless spirit.
 

FEATURED MEMBERS OF THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA (right side, from top to bottom):

Juliette Kang, First Associate Concertmaster, Joseph and Marie Field Chair

Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn, Gray Charitable Trust Chair

Harold Robinson, Principal Bass, Carole and Emilio Gravagno Chair

Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoon, Richard M. Klein Chair

Socrates Villegas, Clarinet