Ian Hobson, music director and conductor
David Harris, clarinet
Ronald Romm, trumpet
This performance opens with Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, which is followed by Samuel Barber’s best-known and best-loved work, the Adagio for Strings, expertly performed by Sinfonia. This piece was originally the second movement of Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11, which he arranged for string orchestra (much to the delight of his audiences). Next on the program is another strings favorite, Antonin Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major. Written during an especially happy period of his life, Dvořák’s joy in his marriage, his fatherhood, and his work can be heard in this piece, especially in the humorous and high-spirited third movement, Scherzo: Vivace. We conclude with Gordon Jacob’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet, featuring audience favorites David Harris and Ronald Romm on clarinet and trumpet, respectively.
Breaking from the avant-garde experiments of many of his contemporaries, Jacob clung to the importance of melody, stating that “the day that melody is discarded altogether, you may as well pack up music . . .” Join us in listening to Jacob’s excellent melodic writing.
Wirén: Serenade for Strings
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Jacob: Double Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet
Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22