Montgomery Philharmonic Announces
Its 2017 – 2018 Concert Season: Old Friends … New Friends
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Carnival Overture Opus 92, B. 169 (1891) – Antonin Dvořák
Symphony No. 3 (1845) – Franz Berwald
Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 36 (Enigma Variations) (1898–99) – Edward Elgar
The exciting Carnival Overture by Antonin Dvořák is a great way to start our 2017–18 season. The MP pairs this wonderful piece with Berwald’s Symphony No. 3 – Singulière and Elgar’s – Variations on an Original Theme – Enigma. All three of these marvelous pieces reflect the culture and the ethos of the countries that they come from, depicting Czech dance forms, the icy cold and beautiful fjords of Sweden, and many of Elgar’s friends’ personalities.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Gloria (1974) – John Rutter
Messiah, Part 1 (1741) – George Frideric Händel
The MP performs its first collaboration with the CMC this season. Its new friend is Rutter’s Gloria—a work with brass, percussion, and chorus that was commissioned by an Omaha chorus and premiered in 1974. The concert’s old friend is Handel’s Messiah. The MP and the CMC performed this audience and performers’ favorite together two years ago.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Montgomery Village Middle School and the Montgomery Philharmonic team up to produce an exciting concert featuring students in the Montgomery Village Middle School bands and orchestras. This fantastic concert with the Montgomery Philharmonic's our young neighbors finds the MP playing with the MVMS Intermediate and Advanced Bands and also the Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras. Additionally, the winners of the Bernie Rappaport Young Musician Competition are also featured. This year's competition features the cello. Audience members will be able to experience three Montgomery County Middle School aged cellists play Vivaldi's D Major Cello Concerto from memory. The concert concludes with all the musicians playing the finale from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Symphony No. 66, Opus 428 (1992) – Alan Hovhannes
Symphony No. 2 (1877) – Johannes Brahms
The MP’s March concert juxtaposes two American composers, Alan Hovhannes and Leonard Bernstein, with the most important figure in German Romanticism, Johannes Brahms. The program starts with our new friend, Hovhannes’ Symphony No. 66 – Hymn to Glacier Peak. The Armenian–American composer, Alan Hovhannes, was a prolific composer of symphonies, writing approximately 75 (he destroyed some of his early symphonies, so the exact number is unknown). We celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with the first old friend of the concert and one of his most well-known works, Overture to Candide. The program concludes with the second old friend, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Requiem (1887–1890) – Gabriel Fauré
We collaborate with the CMC for a second time this season, performing two major works—Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 – Haffner and Fauré’s Requiem. With our old friend, Mozart, the MP takes a fresh look at the deep meaning of this symphony that Mozart wrote in the later period of his symphony composing. The CMC sings Copland’s Old American Songs with piano. Our new friend as an orchestra is the Fauré Requiem. Although several members of the orchestra have performed this wonderful work over the years, the MP has never performed it as an ensemble. It will be a truly exceptional experience to finally do so.
- Our programming is adventurous and engaging. Those who attend our concerts always find something that they like and often discover new pieces that broaden their musical tastes.
- Our venue is intimate, so most people are able to sit close to the orchestra.
- Our concerts are free. We love providing this service to our community audiences and want you to experience the music with us.
- The orchestra is terrific and its mission is even better – to serve the community at a high level through great programming, community outreach for young and old alike, and a welcoming environment.
- Our website contains WebNotes—engaging information about each concert, connected to each concert date tab. Audience members tell us that they use them to read about the music, view it, and listen to it.
- The Montgomery Philharmonic is re-inventing the community orchestra not only for the musicians that we engage but also for the community that we serve. Our program includes great connections through the Bernie Rappaport Young Artist Competition for middle school students, the side-by-side concert with Montgomery Village Middle School students, the Youth Chamber Music Festival, and our Summer Reading Sessions.
- Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra serve as orchestra coaches for a series of Adult Education Master Classes that are open to the public.
- We offer varied experiences for each musician. The orchestra’s repertoire is extensive and spans many genres and time periods.
- By collaborating with the Central Maryland Chorale, our members have an opportunity to play oratorio.
- We offer members the option of participating in an in-depth, year-long study of chamber music, leading to concerts at area Senior Centers.
- Section rehearsals provide members with extra help solving problems that are unique to their particular section.
- Coaching from BSO and NSO members gives each orchestra member a new perspective on the music, which raises our performing ability. They are excited to help us and always offer great advice.
- Our orchestra provides a unique opportunity for the serious community musician who desires the challenge of musical growth.
The Bernie Rappaport Competition gives middle school musicians an opportunity to play a concerto with a symphony orchestra. Named in memory of a trumpet player in the Montgomery Philharmonic, the winners of the competition are featured in one of the MP's concerts and we provide a small prize to help the winners continue their music education. more…
In the summer, the Montgomery Philharmonic hosts a free Youth Chamber Music Festival for youth ages 11-19. Members of the MP serve as coaches for the chamber music ensembles. For most of the students, it is their first experience with chamber music and this unique way of learning music. It teaches listening skills, leadership, and how to rely one each other.
Yearly, the Montgomery Philharmonic hosts a special series of Masterclasses with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. The classes are a peek into what goes on to prepare string technique and major chamber works. These Adult Education Masterclasses are open to the public …more
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