Bassoonist/Contrabassoonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gregory Hughes conductor
Miles Maner bassoon
What’s Interesting About This Concert
The overture to Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) was selected for this concert as a tribute to the Athenaeum Theatre, which was originally built to perform the beloved operas of the neighboring church’s German parishioners.
The bassoon has been a mainstay of the orchestral woodwind section for centuries, but it is rarely heard in a solo setting. Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto will bring the warm and playful tones of the bassoon into the spotlight!
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring nearly caused a riot when it premiered in Paris in 1913, with the audience making such a raucous that the musicians could barely hear each other on the stage! Since then, however, and the work has taken a place as one of the more popular (if still somewhat avante garde) pieces in the orchestral canon.
This concert will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
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