what’s on tap?

this sat-sun-mon the os presents its final (sniff) classical program of the season.  after that Beethovian feast last weekend, think of this as a delicious musical dessert in the form of lindberg’s “purcell variations,” britten’s concerto for violin, and the very first symphony by gustav mahler.

why go?  1) although only three minutes long, we’ll get to hear one last 21st-century composition before summer break.  2) i have never heard benjamin britten’s concerto before, but the featured solo violinist elina vähälä describes it as, “fun, absolutely beautiful, unbelievably virtuosic, and… almost sensually religious.”  um, good enough for me!  3) could it be that the oldest band in the western land saved the best for last?  it’s quite possible with mahler #1 – a work i’ve listened to at least once a week for over a year now (seriously).  if one piece of music could possibly compete with an all-Beethoven weekend, this would be my pick (seriously).  if LvB and danny elfman had a symphonic lovechild, his name would be gustav (seriously).  go (seriously).

check out www.orsymphony.org for more deets (seriously).


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