The Arapahoe Philharmonic under the direction of Devin Patrick Hughes will present its opening concert of the 2017–2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Aspen Academy, 5859 S. University Blvd. in Greenwood Village. The program titled “Destiny Fulfilled” includes Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 and Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, featuring local soprano Lauren Sawyer. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Maestro Hughes will lead a pre-concert talk starting at 6:45 p.m.
(Note: This performance was originally scheduled to take place in Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood High School Campus. Due to a scheduling conflict, the concert has been moved to Aspen Academy.)
Brahms’s journey into symphonic music was a voyage as long and arduous as that of any adventurer. Though he spent much of his life studying, idolizing and indeed writing such music, his first true symphonic piece, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, was not completed and published until he was over 40 years old. By his own admission, this piece in particular took him 21 years to complete. He always feared he was in the shadow of Beethoven and felt the pressure of creating a work on par with the monumental greatness of Beethoven’s symphonies. Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 stands not only as a masterwork of symphonic craftsmanship, but also as a testament to the perseverance required to create such a work.
Inspired by the poems of Hermann Hesse, the overarching theme in Strauss’s Four Last Songs is death. But rather than being tinged by dread or melancholy, these tunes are permeated by a sense of acceptance and completeness. The listener may recognize a quotation from Strauss’s tone poem “Death and Transfiguration,” written much earlier in his career: A seven-note phrase written to symbolize the fulfillment of the soul through death.
This performance opens the new concert season, which includes performances of The Planets by Holst, the complete Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. Season ticket packages offer discounted pricing and a number of additional benefits. Details are outlined on our website at arapahoe-phil.org/events/buy-tickets. Single tickets are also available online or by calling 303-781-1892.
A new ticket package is available for young adults age 18 to 35 this season. This “Pay Your Age” package includes four tickets to be used at any of our concerts for the cost of the purchaser’s age. It is priced to entice and give maximum flexibility to young professional classical lovers in the region. Some restrictions, which are outlined on our website, apply.
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