A stirring march, a virtuosic clarinet concerto and a folk-music inspired symphony fill the program for the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season opening concert in October, led by conductor and music director Adam Stern. The Interrelation Between Nature and Life: Dvorák’s Eighth features three wonderful works of and influenced by the Romantic period, each evoking its own character and style. First up is Samuel Barber’s Commando March, written in 1943 after Barber was drafted into the Army during World War II, complete with winds and brass melodic fanfares, a catchy main tune and driving percussive rhythms. Next, special guest William Blayney, principal clarinetist for the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and accomplished soloist, clinician and conductor, joins the orchestra for Carl Maria von Weber’s treasured Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f, Op. 73, a true showcase for the clarinet. And rounding out the program is Antonín Dvorák’s cheerful and folk-inspired Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88. Dvorák’s final three symphonies – Nos. 7, 8 and 9 (From the New World) – are among the most prized of the Romantic period, and his Symphony No. 8 is arguably the sunniest and most lyrical of the three, summoning visions of nature, festivities and dancing.
The Interrelation Between Nature and Life: Dvorák’s Eighth takes place October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue and October 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Eastlake Performing Arts Center at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave NE in Sammamish. Tickets prices are $10-$20 depending on age; visit www.SammamishSymphony.org for more information.