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Professor and Conductor Paul Ferington’s informative lecture series celebrates the composers and works of the BPO’s Classics season, while providing a basis of knowledge about the orchestral world. Lectures are as follows:
Wednesday, March 3rd @ 6:30 PM: ANIMALS AND CREATURES IN SYMPHONIC MUSIC
An in depth look at the celebration animals by composers in their orchestral music, including works of Handel, Haydn, Saint-Saens, Respighi, Delius, Sibelius, and Stravinsky.
Wednesday, March 24th @ 6:30 PM: SYMPHONIC NATIONALISM IN SCANDANAVIA
The lives and music of Finland’s Jean Sibelius, Norway’s Edvard Grieg, and Denmark’s Carl Nielsen and others.
Wednesday, April 14th @ 6:30 PM: SYMPHONIC NATIONALISM IN FRANCE AND SPAIN
The lives and music of France’s George Bizet and Joseph Canteloube, and Spain’s Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, and Joaquin Turina.
Wednesday, April 28th @ 6:30 PM: SYMPHONIC NATIONALISM OF RUSSIA
The lives and music of Russia’s Mighty Five (Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, Balakirev) and Tchaikovsky.
Wednesday, May 5th @ 6:30 PM: SYMPHONIC NATIONALISM OF EASTERN EUROPE
The lives and music of the Czech Republic’s Smetana and Dvorak, Poland’s Chopin, and Hungary’s Kodaly and Bartok.
Thursday, April 15th @ 1:30 PM: FAIRY TALES & FOLKLORE IN SYMPHONIC MUSIC
Discovering the rich folk, fairytale, and literary stories and backgrounds of orchestral music written by Dvorak, Grieg, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dukas, Stravinsky, and Richard Strauss.
Thursday, May 6th @ 1:30 PM: SHAKESPEARE IN SYMPHONIC MUSIC
The music of Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Paine, and
Bernstein all influenced by the masterworks of William Shakespeare.
For tickets call the BPO Box office at 716.885.5000. Tickets are $20 per lecture, or the series can be purchased for $16 per lecture.