February 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
The concert includes the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble; guest performer Carol Jantsch, tuba; faculty members Alan Weinstein, cello; Jason Crafton, trumpet; Virginia Tech Symphony Band; and the Enloe High School Wind Ensemble.
Orpheus’s lute was strung with poets’ sinews, / Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones, / Make tigers tame and huge leviathans / Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands. William Shakespeare—The Two Gentlemen of Verona (ca. 1589–93)
According to Greek mythology, Orpheus was the son of Apollo, the god of music, and Calliope, the muse of poetry. On their wedding day, his wife Eurydice was bitten by a viper and died. Overcome by grief, Orpheus travelled to the Underworld and, through the power of his music, was able to convince Hades, the god of the Underworld, to allow him the chance to save Eurydice from death. Orpheus was asked to trust she would follow him out of the Underworld and not look back. However, at the last moment, Orpheus looked back only to see Eurydice taken back to the Underworld for eternity.
The myth of Orpheus figures prominently in Western art music because of his music’s ability to tame the shades of the Underworld. However, his power is all the more remarkable because he performed using only a lyre and his voice—he was a soloist.
Entitled “Trading Fours,” this program is a celebration of that power. Inspired by the jazz term referring to the four-bar alternation of soloists within a chart, today’s concert features abundant soloists and jazz references including Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Like Orpheus, soloists can be awe-inspiring and mesmerize audiences. We hope this program gives you the same sense of wonder Hades must have felt as he listened to Orpheus’s music.
Support for Carol Jantsch’s residency is provided by the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, the Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Flanagan Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund, the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, and Yamaha Corporation of America.
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