The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Symphony Orchestra presents “Tcheers for Tchaikovsky — and Mozart, too” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Kimball Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Tyler Goodrich White, professor of composition and conducting, ends the fall semester with a blockbuster program featuring a world premiere, one of Mozart’s most beautiful and beloved works, and Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 4.
The program opens with the world premiere of White’s orchestral work “Cataclysm.”
“’Cataclysm’ is a 10-minute concert overture, turbulent and dramatic in character, expressing something of the violence and conflict of our world today, along with hopes — forever uncertain — for a more positive and peaceful future,” White said.
Following the premiere, Glenn Korff School of Music professors David C. Neely (violin) and Clark Potter (viola), join the orchestra for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364. The work, one of the few in the standard repertoire for multiple soloists and orchestra, stands out within Mozart’s vast output for its exceptional beauty, lyricism and emotionally powerful expressive contrasts.
The program concludes with Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, one of the most innovative and popular works of the Romantic symphonic repertoire. The symphony is a meditation on the idea of fate in human affairs. It moves from its first movement depicting the overwhelming, inescapable force of fate, through inner movements of melancholy and whimsy, to a triumphant, exhilarating finale representing the redemptive power of celebration in joyful community.