Greetings from Spectrum Orchestra!
We're so fortunate that we get to play and perform some of the greatest music ever written, and surely Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique) falls into that category. Tchaikovsky poured his heart and soul and all his grief and suffering into his music, and nowhere is this more apparent than in this colossal and iconic work.
This piece is about a struggle between the life-force — in the composer's words, "impulse, passion, confidence, thirst for activity" — and an inevitable descent to an exhausted physical and emotional demise. This descent — in the form of a slow, lamenting Finale that fades away into nothingness — was one of the boldest and most audacious compositional moves of the 19th century and turned the entire symphonic paradigm on its head. Tchaikovsky considered it the greatest of all his works: "I certainly regard it as quite the best — and especially the 'most sincere' — of all my works. I love it as I never loved any one of my musical offspring before!"
We've pleased to have Tal Benatar as our guest conductor for this very special season finale. Along with the Pathétique, we'll be featuring our brass section in Fanfare pour précéder La Péri by Paul Dukas.
We hope to see you there! Tickets are available on our website or at the door.
As always, we sincerely thank you for supporting us.