Amazing Music: One Incredible Season
Music Worcester, presenter of the renowned Worcester Music Festival and formerly known as Worcester County Music Association, is undeniably a cultural favorite. In fact, the organization has brought unsurpassed talent to Central Massachusetts for over 154 years. It is important to mention that the volunteer branch of Worcester Music, the Music Guild, has been vital to Music Worcester for the past 40 years. The Music Guild’s financial and educational support has aided Music Worcester in achieving a number of its laudable goals.
So, what’s set up on the calendar? Well, the 2014-2015 Worcester Music Festival season will soon be underway, and a dazzling agenda is on hand. Undoubtedly, the opening concert featuring The Worcester Chorus and Arcadia Players will be a winner.
Let’s look at some particulars concerning this remarkable program.
Friday, October 24–8 P.M. Ready for an unsurpassed evening of music? Then check out a presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor at Mechanics Hall. Ian Watson, Arcadia Players’ artistic director, and Christopher Shepard, The Worcester Chorus artistic director, will lead the talent-filled extravaganza. Actually, many classical music critics consider this particular work of art to be among Beethoven’s best. Voices complement the masterpiece and mark the beginning of a major composer integrating vocals as a significant symphony element (the symphony is called The Choral in some circles and referred to as a choral symphony in others). In point of fact, not only music aficionados but also some novices recognize German poet Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” because of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. As you might have thought, the instrumentation for the opus is sizable and utterly amazing.
Does Music Worcester have anything else lined up in 2014? It certainly does! Here is the list.
- Sergey Antonov, a foremost cellist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on November 11 at the United Congregational Church.
- Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing will perform at 3 p.m. on November 16 at Mechanics Hall.
- The Worcester Chorus will present Handel’s Messiah at 8 p.m. on December 6 at Mechanics Hall.
For the entire 2014-2015 Music Worcester schedule, go to http://www.musicworcester.org/
Goodness, with all the incredible talent to be had at the local level, why travel to Berlin or Vienna?