The Huronia Symphony Orchestra wraps up the season with three powerful musical pieces. All draw on the music of the past to inspire the music of the future. The concert’s theme is Reflections of the Future.
Canadian Fantasy, by Western Canada’s first prominent composer Jean Coulthard, is based on three ancient French folk songs from different regions of Canada: Mon Doux Berger (My Sweet Shepherd), Jesous Ahatonia (Huron Carol), and La Belle Françoise (The Fair Françoise). Coulthard’s modern approach to traditional songs includes impressionistic lush harmonies and beautiful orchestrations of the lyrical tunes with unique instrument combinations
The Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky uses a chamber orchestra with a separate solo string group that features Huronia Symphony soloists David McFadden, violin; Valerie Selander Voisey, violin; Elizabeth Morris, viola; John Trembath, cello; and Hilary Braime, double bass.
Pulcinella was a huge departure for Stravinsky who had shocked the world with the music of his first three Parisian ballets (The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, and Petrushka). Pulcinella Suite combines the elegant Eighteenth Century music of Giovanni Pergolesi with modern compositional techniques to create a delightful concert piece. It is interesting to note that the final time Stravinsky conducted the Pulcinella Suite was in Toronto in May 1967.
The program concludes with Johannes Brahms’ triumphant and final symphony, Symphony No. 4, Op. 98. It features powerful and progressive musical ideas with forms solidly rooted in the past.
The concert takes place Sunday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie. Tickets are $25 adult, $10 student, $5 child, available by calling 705-721-4752.
Photo: From left: David McFadden, violin; Valerie Selander Voisey, violin; John Trembath, cello; Hilary Braime, double bass; Elizabeth Morris, are part of the solo quintet for the May 12 concert.
Photo credit: Eldon Doucet.