Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra of Indian Hill will perform works influenced by earth, water, air, and fire on Sunday, February 19, 3:00 pm at Littleton High School, 56 King Street, Littleton, MA. Noted contralto Emily Marvosh is guest soloist for Elgar’s “Sea Pictures.” The program will also feature Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” music from Holst’s ballet “The Perfect Fool,” and Frazelle’s “From the Air.”
“The concept for this program originated with English composer Sir Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures for solo woman’s voice and orchestra — exceptionally evocative songs about the sea from various poets’ perspectives,” says Maestro Bruce Hangen. He adds that the other works explore the elements in a variety of ways: earth, water, and air (Holst), water (Elgar), air (Frazelle), and fire, with Stravinsky’s dramatic “Firebird” ballet suite from 1919.
Guest vocalist for Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Emily Marvosh, comments that, “Elgar uses different instruments and colors to illustrate the different ways the sea can make us feel. My favorite poem (in the work) is Sabbath Morning at Sea by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She is amazed at the ocean and excited by her journey, but she misses her friends back home.” Ms. Marvosh has performed at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, Prague’s Smetana Hall, and Vienna’s Stefansdom, among others, and is a frequent guest soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society. A proud native of Michigan, she created an award-winning chamber recital – The Michigan Recital Project – that celebrates the history and culture of her home state. She is also a founding member of the acclaimed Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes new music for women. Ms. Marvosh holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University.
CONCERT TICKETS: $20-35-50; all seating is reserved. (Free for Indian Hill Music School students.) Call 978-486-9524 x116 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org to learn more and order tickets online. There is a pre-concert talk at 2:00 pm with Maestro Hangen, plus a post-concert Stage Talk with Bruce and guests. Patrons can also take advantage of discounts on pre- and post-concert dining by visiting our restaurant partners: Bamboo, Blackbird Café, Burtons Grill, Evviva Cucina, Rapscallion Table & Tap, and True West Brewery. Details are online. This concert is supported by Haartz Corporation and Scheier Katin & Epstein, P.C. Media Sponsor: GateHouse Media New England.