From Russia with Love
Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-78) was one of the
Borodin (1833-87) found his musical inspiration largely in Russian Central
a respite from the revelry, Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) contributes his most
famous orchestrated song, Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (1915), a sensual
concert hall delicacy. Rachmaninov idolized his predecessor, Pyotr I.
Tchaikovsky (1840-93), the creator of some of classical music’s most popular
themes. Tchaikovsky composed his Marche Slave, Op. 31 (1876) to benefit
soldiers wounded in the war against the
In addition to the classical works mentioned above, Platt and the WSO have added some lighter modern fare. John Williams’ score for the Star Wars trilogy, from which the WSO plays a medley, has been considered film music’s version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. There is also a suite from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof (1964); a 007 Medley utilizing the famous “James Bond Theme” by Monty Norman and excerpts from John Barry’s famous Bond film scores; and a suite from the 20th Century Fox animated feature Anastasia (1997).
As Maestro Platt says of the event: “This concert is a light, nifty way to get into the mood” of the upcoming concert season, “with not only light Russian classics but a host of truly lighter works that were inspired by that culture.” The multifaceted program ensures that “there really is something for everyone; it’s a perfect introduction to the season. As for what we do at the end of the 1812 Overture, that would be a trade secret! Don’t worry, it’s loud!”
The concert takes place Friday, June 27, at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.