Winston-Salem Symphony to Perform
Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites
This haunting and beautiful opera, depicting the communion and courage of Carmelite nuns facing fierce persecution during the French Revolution, is not performed often, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this remarkable piece of music.
How can an individual keep faith in the face of a society that has lost its moral compass? This question lies at the very heart of Poulenc’s opera. Hindemith’s opera Mathis der Mahler addressed a similar question, but is rarely performed in its entirety. Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, on the other hand, has gained a regular foothold on opera stages (and concert halls) throughout the world.
The four symphonies of Johannes Brahms stand as monuments to Beethoven. No composer of symphonies after Beethoven could escape the shadow of his nine masterpieces. Mendelssohn’s solution to the problem was to circumvent them by returning to a Mozartian ideal. Robert Schumann struggled consciously to measure up by attempting to synthesize a historical perspective with novel innovations.
An Evening With
Heitor Villa-Lobos “Embolada” from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro on March 5, 1887 and died there on November 17, 1959. He has been recognized as the most important composer of 20th-century…