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PETOSKEY: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s World Journey will bring a springtime breath of fresh Italy to Northern Michigan with its presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Dances and Airs III. The concert will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 4pm, with a pre-concert discussion led by Libor Ondras, PhD. at 3:15. Featured soloists will be Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Libor Ondras and Paul Sonner.
Four Seasons and Ancient Airs and Dances are both Vivaldi’s and Respighi’s most popular works. Four Seasons is an interpretation of four sonnets, widely believed to have been written by the composer himself. It is also debated which came first, the music or the sonnets. Easily recognizable in our popular culture today, extracts from Four Seasons have been used in tv shows such as The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as numerous movies such as What Lies Beneath and Halloween 2. It is stunning music that stays in the mind long after the last note is played, and remains timeless.
One of Respighi’s critics called his music “new old music” because his interest in Italian music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries inspired him to compose works reflecting those periods. The third suite of Ancient Airs and Dances, is the most austere of the suites and calls only for strings, whereas I and II were played with lutes, archlutes and viol. Suite III has been described as graceful, elegant, melancholy, exuberant, pastoral, formal, dramatic and tragic. After Respighi’s death, his widow Elsa created ballets of the suites, still widely performed today. She devoted the remainder of her life to championing her husband’s work.
Soloist Libor Ondras is not only Music Director of Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra; he is also Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, and he serves as Orchestra Director, teacher and string specialist at Grand Rapids Community College.
Soloist Paul Sonner is Concertmaster and Artistic Advisor of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Instructor of Violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Concertmaster of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and is an active soloist and chamber musician.
This family-friendly concert is well suited to music lovers of all ages! Tickets are available at area Chambers of Commerce, the Orchestra office at 231 487-0010 or www.glcorchestra.org. All tickets are general admission and cost $25.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra produces live orchestral performances providing entertainment, education and inspiration for northern Michigan community. Support for the orchestra is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, the Bay Harbor Foundation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Frey Foundation and hundreds of individual patrons of the arts.