what’s on tap?

this saturday night and sunday afternoon, the oregon symphony is going to play their music for a time of war program in front of a hometown crowd. the first half of the concert features the utterly enigmatic unanswered question by chuck ives, the wound-dresser by john “not the dead president” adams (showcasing a transcendentally gruesome walt whitman poem), and sinfonia de requiem by benny britten.  the second half shines a spotlight on the crazy-difficult fourth symphony of “raif” vaughan williams.

why go?  this is the program that got the band invited to play carnegie’s hallowed hall.  and p-town gets to hear it first.  one could describe this thoroughly 20th-century program using various adjectives.  um, “timid” is not one of them.  on wednesday when maestro carlos was interviewed on opb, he ominously warned (in his adorable accent) that the upcoming concert is going to “grab you by the neck and never let you go.”  in other words, don’t expect to be humming the tunes during intermission.  do expect, however, to be emotionally blown away by the sheer power of this music.  while listening to the ives-adams-britten set at home, the classical beaver is rodent enough to admit that, without warning, it suddenly had tears in its eyes.

and at the risk of scaring y’all too much, be prepared for dr. iwasaki, dr. work, and dr. sylvan to perform open-heart surgery on you right there in the schnitz.  it’s gonna be that kind of show.  if you don’t already have them, get your tickets now by clicking here.  doctors’ orders.

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