The Promise of Living
March 13, 2021
Dr. Everlado Martinez & Dr. Natalia Vacarciuc
This concert is sure to lift your spirits. From the enticing rhythms of John Williams' Cowboys Overture to Copland's engaging Tender Land Suites, the promise of living-with praise and thanksgiving-will be renewed. And our own Dr. Everaldo Martinez and Dr. Natalia Varcarciuc give the midwest premiere of Lucas Richman's double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra.
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The Cowboys Overture....John Williams (b. 1932)
The Wishing Tree.................Paul Schoop (1909-1976)
Double Concerto for VIolin and Cello (Preview Performance)...Lucas Richman (bl 1964)
Dr. Everaldo Martinez, violin and Dr. Natalia Varcarciuc, cello
The Tender Land (Suite)..........................................Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Introduction and Love Music
Finale: Promise of Living
Three of the composers on tonight's concert, Williams, Richman and Copland, all share the trait of composing for film as well as for classical symphony orchestras.
In 1972 John Williams composed the score for The Cowboys, a Western starring John Wayne. Williams later recalled how his Cowboys film music was transformed into The Cowboys Overture: “The movie required a vigorous musical score to accompany virtuoso horseback riding and calf roping, and when my friend André Previn heard fragments of the score, he suggested that a concert overture lay hidden within the film's music. Several years slipped by, and each time I saw the indefatigable Previn he would ask, ‘Have you made an overture of Cowboys yet?’ He kept this up until 1980, when I finally worked out the piece and played it at a Boston Pops concert. Both the orchestra and the audience seemed to enjoy the music to such an extent that it has been part of our repertoire ever since.”
In The Wishing Tree by Swiss composer/conductor/pianist Paul Schoop, the instruments of the orchestra are introduced in an amusing and whimsical way as the story tells the tale of a tree as it is whittled down into smaller and smaller instruments while unaware of its true destiny. In the 1930s, Schoop was mainly known as a composer of ballet music for the pantomime dances of his sister Trudi Schoop. In 1940 he emigrated to Los Angeles, where he worked as a freelance composer and as a conductor and concert pianist, as he had done in Europe before.
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Lucas Richman. Commissioned by an Atlanta-based orchestra, the world premiere was postponed due to COVID but the BMSO was granted permission to give the "preview performance," featuring our amazing concertmaster and principal cellist, Everaldo Martinez and Natalia Varcarciuc. Maestro Richman is the Grammy-Award Winning Music Director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted major orchestras all over the world. His choral/orchestral work, "Symphony: This will be our Reply" was premiered in 2018 by the 3 commissioning orchestras the Los Angeles Jewish Orchestra of California, the Oak Ridge Orchestra of Tennessee and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota.
Copland's only full-length opera, The Tender Land (1952-1954), tells the story of a young girl, Laurie Moss, who grows up on a Midwestern farm and is about to leave home. In "The Promise of Living," at the close of the first act, three generations of the Moss family and their hired hands sing a hymn of gratitude for life, the land, and the spring harvest. "Stomp your Foot" is a rousing square dance number sung by the entire cast at Laurie's high school graduation party. Following the less than enthusiastic reception of the full opera, Copland arranged an orchestral suite from the score.