Join us for the exciting second symphony concert of the season as we bring the end of our Centennial Year to a joyous conclusion with music and song. Featuring pieces played during the first year of the orchestra, as well as compositions by friends of the symphony, this is a concert you won't want to miss.
William Bailey was conductor of the Walla Walla Symphony for 25 years. This piece is a dynamic and fitting opener to the last concert of our historic Centennial year.
Commissioned by the Walla Walla Symphony, this composition premiered during our 100th season. For this concert, Glenn has enriched his composition with photographs by photojournalist, Jeff Horner, creating a fresh audio and visual multi-media experience. Glenn is Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He is also principal trombone in the symphony.
This overture was played at the symphony’s first concert on December 12, 1907. Of course no single work can represent Mozart, but the beginning comes closer than any. The impressive grandeur of the introductory chords and the delightful Allegro theme encapsulate much that is Mozart.
Schubert started writing this symphony in 1822 but left with only two movements complete even though he would live for another six years. This piece was played at the conclusion of the Walla Walla Symphony’s first season.
The Hungarian Dances are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes. They are among Brahms' most popular works. This most famous of his dances was played at both the first and last concert of the 1907 season.
Completed in 1824, the Ninth Symphony is one of the best known works of the Western repertoire, and one of Beethoven's greatest masterpieces. Beethoven was completely deaf by the time he began work on the symphony.
Humphrey Burton writes in his biography of Bernstein, "Voltaire's skepticism is finally subverted . . . when Bernstein's incurable optimism turns `Make Our Garden Grow' into a stirring and positive hymn full of hope for a better world."