Next Concerts – Spring 2019
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranguez
Schumann: 3rd Symphony
Conductor: Jesper Ryskin
Notes from the conductor
Where the 2018 autumn-project focused on strings, the KUSO spring 2019-project focus on winds, with a piece dedicated to the wind section.
The main piece of the program is Schumann’s 3rd symphony. This is the last symphony Schumann wrote, although in numbering there is also a 4th symphony which was actually an earlier work that was revised and published after the 3rd symphony.
The symphony is of a more complex structure than most symphonies, and have similarities to Beethovens symphony #3, with a strong first movement with heroic themes, that could in most symphonies be the finale movement.
Overall, the symphony, like the Brahms serenade in the 2018 autumn-project has more chamber like musical properties, where the music really is an ever-progressing journey continuously developing, and the musicians will have to relate to the music in new ways all the way through the piece.
For the winds only, we will play the Grieg Funeral March with a wind instructor, for the purpose of developing the wind section to its full potential. The wind instructor will as well conduct the piece at the concerts.
As the final piece, we will do the guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. The piece – from 1939 – is newer than most music the orchestra is playing. The piece is one of the most famous guitar concertos and also considered to be one of the main pieces of Spanish classical music. It has been re-arranged and recorded for a long range of instruments, including clarinet, violin and jazz saxophone.
We are working to get a co-operation together with the guitar class of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, through lektor Jesper Sivebæk. The ambition is to have one of the students playing the piece, as well as doing some more elaborate work together with the full guitar class of the academy on the project.
Being a youth symphony orchestra it feels natural to work together with some of the young talents in Copenhagen, and we plan to make this project a spring-board for a general closer relationship with the Academy in Copenhagen.