Vanderbilt Symphony Orchestra, Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir
Friday, September 12
6 p.m., Ingram Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Robin Fountain conductor of Vanderbilt Symphony Orchestra
Tucker Biddlecombe conductor of Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir
Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Schicksalslied (Song of Fate), Opus 54, by Johannes Brahms
This concert, performed as part of Vanderbilt’s Family Weekend festivities, will feature music composed by three German masters. The Chorale opens the concert with Schütz’s setting of Psalm 122, which calls for four choral and instrumental ensembles performing in different places throughout the auditorium — a stellar example of late-Renaissance polychoral style. Then, the VSO will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 , which was written at the same time as the momentous Symphony No. 7, but is contrastingly light, brief, and even humorous. Finally, the performing forces will combine on one of Brahms’s most original and profound works, Schicksalslied. Written not long after the triumphant debut of the German Requiem, the “Song of Fate” closely emulates the various emotions of the human experience through dramatic musical effects.
Presented with gratitude to Inka and Richard Odom for their generous support of the Blair School.