First 2019 Concert Of The Pasadena Community Orchestra
PCO performs Mozart's, Symphony No. 40, J.S. Bach's G Minor Fugue, Walton's Spitfire Prelude & Fugue and Liszt's Les Preludes under the baton of Music Director Beth Pflueger.
J.S. Bach is the most famous for writing fugues during the baroque era; however, he rarely wrote for orchestras. As a result, lavish transcriptions were created, such as the G Minor / Little Fugue which is also in the key of G minor. Originally written for a baroque pipe organ between 1703 – 1707, it is one of Bach's best-known fugues. Each section of the orchestra takes a voice in the fugue, which results in a beautiful rendition of highly-ordered imitative counterpoint that leaves nothing out.
Composed during the Second World War, Walton's Spitfire Prelude & Fugue was written for a 1942 film called The First of the Few which deals with subjects related to the WWII conflict. Walton's Fugue contains a patriotic march that joins with a fugue in order to the mark the completion of a fighter aircraft. Overall, the piece is extremely patriotic.
Liszt's Les Preludes, written in 1856, is a symphonic poem written to illustrate the ancient Greek concept of the four elements – earth, air, water and fire. It was written for a large orchestra with harp and consists of five different sections.
A native of central Ohio, Bethany Pflueger is an active flutist, conductor and Department Chair of the Music Department at Glendale Community College. She serves as principal flutist of the Burbank Philharmonic and Peninsula symphonies, and performs regularly as a freelance player with regional orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Ms. Pflueger is a 2005 Grammy Award winner for her recorded piccolo performance with the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble. She joined PCO as Music Director in July 2013.
WHERE: In the sanctuary of First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 (just west of Michillinda Avenue). Ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.
WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
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