The Resident Symphony Orchestra of the City of Anaheim

RELEASE NOTES

Beethoven\'s 7th


For Immediate Release—February 9, 2015

Orange County Symphony Presents Beethoven’s 7th 

The Resident Orchestra of the City of Anaheim Presents the Beloved Masterwork

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts at Servite

1942 West La Palma Avenue

6:30 PM; 6:00 PM pre-concert talk

$20/general admission; $15/seniors and students

Free parking on site

 

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Andante festivo

 

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Serenade for Strings

 

Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)

Tarantella

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 7

 

 

The Orange County Symphony (OCS) will give the third concert of its 2014-15 season on Sunday, March 8, featuring favorites for string orchestra and closing with Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 7.

Jean Sibelius wrote his Andante festivo for string quartet in 1922, and rearranged it for string orchestra (plus optional timpani!) in 1938. Flowing and hymn-like, with a rhapsodic melody supported by shimmering harmonies, the single-movement piece of one of the very few that the composer chose to conduct and record himself. Edward Elgar’s Serenade to Strings, written in 1892 and perhaps the composer’s first “mature” work, is a marvel of idiomatic writing for strings, taking a glorious journey over its breathtaking twelve minutes. The frenetically spectacular Tarantella of Giovanni Bottesini, one of the staples of solo bass repertory, will feature Chris Hornung, OCS’s principal contrabassist.

The cornerstone of the concert will be Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, perhaps best known for its unforgettable second movement, recently featured in the climactic scene of The King’s Speech. From the inspired madness of the opening movement to the rousing jubilation of the finale, the entire work presents Beethoven at his most inspired, and will be a performance not to be missed.

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 of the City of Anaheim. The organization also recently initiated 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 faculty of Chaffey College, as choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside, and as 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

dorothy_rose@ocsymphony.org

ocsymphony.org