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  • Date Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Time 6:30 pm
  • Venue Carpenter Theatre
  • Conductor Steven Smith
  • Series Symphony in 60
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”
  • Steven Smith Kataklysmos

Join Steven Smith and special guests as they take you on a 60 minute behind the scenes tour of some great orchestral works. Afterwards, head to an exclusive happy hour with Symphony musicians at Maya!

After he finished writing  Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathetique,” Tchaikovsky confessed, “I consider this symphony the best thing I have ever done. In any case, it is the most deeply felt. And I love it as I have never loved any of my compositions.” In this piece, Tchaikovsky attempted to capture the essence of life and the fullness of human feeling. The first movement is characterized by an initial theme that is full of impulsive passion, followed by a second theme that is slow and hushed. The second and third movements divert from a traditional symphony, with a distorted waltz and an unexpected march, both based on descending melodic motives, giving it a brooding and sorrowful character. The symphony ends with the same gloominess with which it begins.

Richmond Symphony audiences know of Steven Smith as their Music Director. However, he is also an award-winning composer. Steven Smith says through his music, he attempts to convey the magnificence, breadth and life force of the natural world, “I believe in the inter-connectedness of all things. Through my compositions I hope to raise overall awareness of the importance of our environment, its residents, human and otherwise, and foster an appreciation and reverence for the world we all share.”  Smith’s Kataklysmos was inspired by the ancient and continuing effects of geologic forces upon the earth’s landscape. Moving through volcanic eruption, stillness, evolution, and re-formation, the piece ends with boisterous rhythmic activity, reflecting emotions akin to childhood: feelings of awe at being surrounded by such a magical natural realm.

Learn more about Steven Smith, Conductor.

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