The leaves are tinted in gold and scarlet, the sunshine still warms our faces; it's a good time to fall in love.
Hendricks Symphonic Society presents its first concert of the season, "Fall'ing in Love," on the first weekend in October. Conductor Benjamin G. Del Vecchio has chosen several of his favorite Romantic Era works in keeping with the theme.
The "Flying Dutchman Overture" by Richard Wagner opens the performance. One of Wagner's early operas, it depicts the tragedy of a man under a curse who can only be saved by the "love of a faithful woman unto her death." Wagner is famous for the leitmotif, a theme assigned to major elements of the story, and you will recognize the themes attached to the Dutchman and the ocean storm.
Brendan Shea is the featured violinist for Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 35, one of the most technically difficult of all violin pieces. Shea has performed with orchestras since he was 12 years old. He currently performs with Indiana University's orchestra across the country and internationally. An assistant instructor with IU, he has received several awards in violin performance and most recently competed in Seoul, Korea.
Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" follows intermission. The orchestra will perform four of the instrumental movements as a suite, the most famous of which is the "Wedding March." Not your heavy, full-fledged opera, Mendelssohn set Shakespeare's play to music at the request of King Frederick William IV of Prussia. The "Overture" is a mix of the classical form of a sonata and the romantic emotion of story. Like Wagner, Mendelssohn creates musical themes for: the lovers, the whispery, rustling sounds of fairy feet, even the bray of a donkey.
Three movements from "Symphonie Fantastique" will complete the program. A composer from early in the Romantic Era, Berlioz premiered the symphony in 1830; however, it underwent several revisions for the next 15 years. Listen for the same theme, the idŽe fixe, in all three movements.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 3 p.m. Oct. 7. Both concerts are at Avon Middle School South. Tickets are $15 at the door ($7 for students with ID, $12 senior discount) and $12 in advance ($5 for students). Advance tickets and season tickets may be purchased online at HendricksSymphonic.org. Prices for season tickets: $40 single adult, $70 - 2 adult companion tickets, $90 family, $20 student.
Those with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra tickets receive free admission or 25 percent off HSS season tickets.