The Florida State University College of Music
University Symphony Orchestra and Combined University Choirs present:
Stephen Montague's Requiem " The Trumpets Sounded Calling Them to the Other Side"
along with with:
“Fêtes” from Three Nocturnes by Claude Debussy
Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is widely considered one of the greatest French composers to have ever lived. “Fêtes” or “Festivals” was composed as the central movement of a work of three Nocturnes written between 1897 and 1899. The work is the most thrilling of the three works and the composer describes the piece as “giving us a vibrating, dancing rhythm of the atmosphere with sudden flashes of light.” The University Symphony Orchestra will be led by assistant conductor, James Chang.
Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3) by Ralph Vaughan Williams was written in 1922 at a time of great emotional turmoil for much of the western world, including the composer himself. Vaughan Williams composed his Pastoral Symphony after having served as a stretcher-bearer in two of the most gruesome battles in World War I and is the composers most intimate and personal piece. The USO will be conducted by Dr. Alexander Jiménez and will be joined by soprano, Feryal Quduorah.
Requiem – “The Trumpets Calling Them to the Other Side” by Stephen Montague (Florida State University ’65, ’67) was commissioned by the Portsmouth Grammar School in memory of the 110 pupils of the school that were lost in the Second World War. A massive work for solo voice, choir, and orchestra Montague’s Requiem brilliantly and vividly depicts the troughs of battle and the “timeless lament of the tragedy of war.” The University Symphony will be joined by the Combined University Choirs and soprano, Marie Southwick and led by Dr. Alexander Jiménez.
Tickets: $10 / $7 / Free for FSU students with ID.
Tickets available through the College of Music Box Office: 645-7949.