“Escape to Hope” – Signature Concert No. 5
May 13, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Emmy-nominated American composer Michael Abels wrote Global Warming to describe the warming of international relations in 1990. The composition explores the similarities he heard in the music of various cultures.
Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes was inspired by symbolist poet Henri de Régnier and conjures images of clouds, festivals, and enchanting sirens.
The season closes with Ukrainian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, which he wrote to glorify “the grandeur of the human spirit.”
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30
Lincoln Center Main Stage
417 W. Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
$25-67 adult, $10 student/child.
Available August 17
What’s interesting about this concert:
– Michael Abels is best known for composing the score to Jordan Peele’s hit movies “Get Out,” “Us,” and 2022’s “Nope.” On this concert, we will perform his piece Global Warming. Abels wrote Global Warming in 1990 to represent the warming relations between cultures after the Cold War.
– The three movements of Debussy’s Nocturnes represent “Clouds,” “Festivals,” and “Sirens.” Debussy is a master at painting with sound. His music was heavily inspired by French Impressionist painters and poets like Claude Monet and Stéphane Mallarmé.
– Prokofiev wrote his 5th symphony in the depths of World War II. He began it as troops stormed the beach at Normandy, and two weeks after its first performance the allies liberated Auschwitz. But it is not a sad piece. Prokofiev said: “I conceived of it as glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit, praising the free and happy man—his strength, his generosity, and the purity of his soul.”
On this concert:
Michael Abels – Global Warming
Claude Debussy – Nocturnes
Sergei Prokofiev – Symphon No. 5
Join us for:
Join CSU professor Dr. K. Dawn Grapes on the Wednesday prior to most Signature concerts for an entertaining and informative lecture about the upcoming featured composers. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony.
Wednesday, May 10
12 noon, at the Old Town Library
Learn firsthand what it takes for an orchestra to bring live music to the stage. Houselights remain on during this comfortable preview of each upcoming Signature concert. The rehearsal closes to the public at 8:30 p.m. intermission. Sponsored by Bank of Colorado.
Thursday, May 11
7:00 PM, at the Lincoln Center
Prior to each Signature concert, join Maestro Wes Kenney for his musings on what you are about to hear.
Saturday, May 13
6:30 PM, at the Lincoln Center
Included with ticket purchase
Dr. David and Alison Dennis
Dr. Ed Siegel
Dr. Peter Springberg and Janet Kowall
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