Saturday, November 9, 7:30 pm, Paradise Valley 7th-Day Adventist Churchl

Inspiring Cities

Paradise Valley 7th-Day Adventist Church
2701 East 8th St., in National City

  • London:  Symphony No. 99   Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Although Haydn spent virtually all of his career in the employ of the Eszterházy family in what is now Hungary, two trips to London were hugely successful, both financially and musically, inspiring among numerous other works, his 12 "London" symphonies. Symphony 99 was his first to include clarinets, which became the standard for Beethoven, Mendelssohn and many others.
  • Budapest:  Serenade in F Minor, Op. 3   Leó Weiner (1885-1960) One of the leading Hungarian music educators of the first half of the 20th century, Weiner spent his career at the Academy of Music (now known as the Franz Liszt Academy) in Budapest. While there, he won numerous composition prizes, including several for this sparkling Serenade, with its hints of eastern European folk music.
  • St. Petersburg:  Overture to Prince Kholmsky   Mihkail Glinka (1804-1857) Although he spent a good deal of time traveling (Paris, Berlin, etc.) Glinka always found his way back to Russia, finding his greatest success in St. Petersburg, where he wrote this powerful Overture to the Incidental music for a production of the play Prince Kholmsky.
  • New York:  Russian Christmas Music   Alfred Reed (1921-2005) Alfred Reed was born in New York City, and studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music, returning there for the premiere of the second version of his stirring Russian Christmas Music. Originally for concert band, the piece in its orchestral version still has plenty of stirring moments with winds and brass.
  • San Diego:  Symphonic Suite in G   Steven Thompson (b. 1956) Sinfonia violinist Steven Thompson has found many opportunities to perform in San Diego and other parts of southern California, in ensembles small and large. He has also done a fair amount of arranging, which led to composing, and this folk song-like Suite.