Events

17.
November 2018.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Main hall

SATURDAY AT LISINSKI
AMERICAN MEDLEY

Saturday U 19:30
Main hall
Organizer: Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall
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DRAŽEN PETROVIĆ TRIBUTE CONCERT
 
COLLABORATION: UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB ACADEMY OF MUSIC & UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, MOORES SCHOOL OF MUSIC (McGOVERN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS)
 
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR OF THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB
AMERICAN MEDLEY
FRANZ ANTON KRAGER, Conductor
 
S. Barber: Overture to Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s Comedy The School for Scandal, Op. 5 for Orchestra
L. Bernstein: Symphony No.1 for Mezzo-soprano and Orchestra, Jeremiah
H. Hanson: Song of Democracy for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 44
G. Gershwin: Excerpts from Porgy and Bess for Soloists and Orchestra
A Tribute to Sigmund Romberg (arranged and adapted byDouglas MacLean)
 
Many historians recognize the 20th century as “the American one”. It is the century of dynamic development and dominance of the USA in all areas of life, particularly music life. The turmoil in the life and politics of the time, the complexity of influences, immigration, development of new and intertwining of the existing styles resulted, among other things, in new music discourse, likeable and recognizable in the whole world. The composers whose works will be performed in the concert given by the Zagreb Music Academy ensembles under American conductor Franz Anton Krager prove this. The programme includes a piece by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Barber, as well as Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” by Leonard Bernstein, whose 100th anniversary of birth is celebrated throughout the world, Howard Hanson’s Song of Democracy based on a Walt Whitman text, which premiered at the inaugural concert  for incoming U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1969, and excerpts from the first American opera Porgy and Bess written in 1935 by George Gershwin, the originator of symphonic jazz, whose compositions have become an unavoidable part of the modern concert repertoire. Last but not least – a selection of compositions by Sigmund Romberg, a composer who has an extremely important place on the map of the American popular music! Born in Nagykanisza, he spent his childhood and youth in Belišće and, after studies in Pecs, Szeged and Vienna, he moved to New York, where he made his American dream come true.  As a pianist, he introduced the common present-day hotel practice of the so-called lounge pianists. He composed more and more, particularly operettas for J. J. Schubert’s theatre, bringing a dash of European operetta in the manner of Lehár and Kálmán. He also composed film music, gradually accepting the American manner and style of composition. He returned to Belišće twice; he also composed his Belišće March there.His musical opus was recorded on Columbia Records, Capitol and RCA Victor, and a film about him was also made (Deep In My Heart, 1954). His compositions were performed by top jazz musicians: Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald.