Symphoria Presents: "The Promise of Hope"

the promise of hope

Written By: Clare Callahan CNY Arts Intern 


Symphoria will be joined by The Hawthorne String Quartet for a monumental performance next weekend.  The two groups will be performing in a Masterworks concert entitled “The Promise of Hope” which will be lead by guest conductor Michael Lankester.  The concert will present music of hope and promise and pieces will range from music that nourished the spirit of people in concentration camps, to Beethoven’s opera about liberation and celebrations of Mandela and Lincoln.  Various pieces will be played that have historical significance.  (For Times Scroll to the bottom of the page).

Once such piece is by Erwin Schulhoff, entitled: Concerto for Quartet.  Schulhoff was a talented composer and pianist during the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany.  He was born in Prague where he developed his musical ability, and unique style that reflect the upbeat jazz.  The Concerto for Quartet, which is being performed at this event,  incorporates rhythms from different cultures including dance and jazz.

Said in his own words, “Art is the commonality of man.  Because this artform (music) is the liveliest, as a result reflects the revolution most strongly and deeply-- the complete escape from imperialistic tonality and rhythm, the climb to an ecstatic change for the better”(1).  His music offered an escape to those in concentration camps, and truly a “Promise of Hope”.

Music from Beethoven’s Opera, Fidelio will also be performed.  This was Beethoven’s only opera, and many of its themes mirrored contemporary political movements in Europe, as much of it was written during the Napoleonic Era.  Themes include: the struggle for liberty, personal sacrifice and heroism.  

Specifically, Lenora Overture no. 3 will be performed.  It is thought to be a symphonic poem and is known for its expressivity and powerful tone.  Upon its inclusion to the opera, it was thought to tell the audience too much about the opera, and because of this Beethoven created a fourth overture to the opera that was thought to be ‘less powerful’.  Since then Lenora Overture no. 3 has become extremely popular (2).  

Other music that will be performed includes: Copland: Lincoln Portrait; and a newly commissioned piece by Godfrey about Nelson Mandela entitled “Towards the Sun”.  This piece will be narrated by Common Council president Van Robinson.  

The show is sure the be entertaining and inspiring.  

What: Symphoria featuring the Hawthorne String Quartet in the “Promise of Hope”

Where: Crouse Hinds Theatre in the Civic Center

When: Saturday, January 24th at 7:30pm

How much: Students with ID: $5, kids under 18: FREE; Adults $20-$79

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(1): Patricia Ann Hall, Berg's Wozzeck (Oxford University Press, 2011), 40-1

(2) : Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (Program, 2013).


Posted On: January 16, 2015
Listed As: Events in CNY