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SDSU Symphony Orchestra Explores 'Music of the People' Feb. 26

The program will feature classical music inspired by the folk, vernacular or popular music of a particular culture and time.
The SDSU Symphony Orchestra will perform
The SDSU Symphony Orchestra will perform "Music of the People" on Feb. 26.

The SDSU Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Dana Zimbric, will explore “Music of the People,” at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, in Smith Recital Hall. Tickets are available at www.sdsu.edu/musicdancetix.

About the program

Each of the four short works on the program identifies classical music inspired by the folk, vernacular or popular music of a particular culture and time.

The program opens with Richard Wagner’s “Prelude to ‘Die Meistersinger.’” This prelude opens Wagner’s only mature comedic opera and sparkles with the majestic marches and lyrical songs inspired by the master singers of 16th century Germany. The orchestra’s strings the take center stage with Edvard Grieg’s “From Holberg’s Time Op. 40,” a suite of dance movements celebrating the Danish author Ludvig Holberg. Written in 1884, Grieg looked back at dance forms of the 17th century to evoke the popular music of Holberg’s life.

Siobhan Sung, winner of the School of Music and Dance’s 2011 Soloist Competition, joins the orchestra for Arnold Schoenberg’s “Cabaret Songs.” These works are marked by their wry and bawdy sense of humor and whisk the audience to the burgeoning German cabaret culture at the turn of the 20th century.

Tchaikovsky's “Capriccio Italien” brings the concert to its thrilling conclusion. Tchaikovsky travelled from Russia for an extended stay in Rome. The sights and sounds of Rome brightened the spirits of the melancholic Tchaikovsky and inspired this piece. Filled with melodies taken directly from Roman street music, “Capriccio Italien” brings the rhythms and melodies of a Roman Carnival to the concert hall.

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