The Resident Symphony Orchestra of the City of Anaheim

RELEASE NOTES

Bohemian Rhapsody


The Resident Orchestra of the City of Anaheim Presents Three Beloved Masterworks

Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the

Anaheim Performing Arts Center at Servite (formerly Servite Auditorium)

The Orange County Symphony (OCS) will give the fourth concert of its 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 16, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, the Lachian Dances of Leoš Janáček, and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.

The title of the concert, Bohemian Rhapsody, refers to the Czech origins of all three works. Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, with its brooding overture, had its premier in 1787 at Prague’s Teatro di Praga, commissioned by the theater’s impresario after a rapturously-received run of The Marriage of Figaro the previous year.

Janáček wrote his the first set of his Lachian Dances in 1888, revising and completing them in 1925. Though strictly-speaking more Moravian than Bohemian, the vibrant and colorful dances are emblematic of the composer’s lifelong embrace of the music and culture of his Czech-speaking compatriots.

Dvořák wrote his Symphony No. 8 in G Major in 1889 to celebrate his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature, and Arts, and conducted the premiere in Prague the following year. A worldwide audience favorite, the work combines intense expressivity with a fundamentally sunny character unusual in the great symphonies of the later 19th century.

Founded in 1985, the Orange County Symphony is a regional semi-professional orchestra serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCS is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and in July, 2011 was designated as the Resident Symphony Orchestra for the City of Anaheim. The organization also runs an after-school music education program in collaboration with the Anaheim City School District, serving over 1000 students in over ten schools.

The orchestra is led by Dr. David Rentz, an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, who currently serves on the faculties of the music departments of Pomona and Scripps Colleges, and serves as choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside and resident conductor of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles.

For booking, interviews and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:

Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314
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