ABOUT THE PROGRAM
"For the final concert of the season, we bring together three works by composers who demonstrate extraordinary strength while confronting extreme emotional pressures." -Benjamin Zander
Benjamin Britten Passacaglia Op. 33b (from Peter Grimes)
Paul Hindemith Mathis der Maler
- One of the most famous of Paul Hindemith’s orchestral pieces, Mathis der Maler the symphony was written in 1934 and premiered on March 12, 1934 performed by the Berlin Philharmonic.
- The Mathis der Maler opera was finished in 1935 but due to the politics at the time it could not be staged in Germany. Hindemith’s music was denounced by the Nazi party as "Jewish connected." The opera premiered in Switzerland in 1938.
- The opera, Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) takes place during the German Peasant’s War from 1524 to 1525 and it centers around the painter Matthias and his struggles to keep his artistic freedom of expression despite the repressive climate of that time period. This was an obvious political critique of the German government of 1935.
- Hear Mathis der Maler on YouTube performed by the Orchestra of the University of Music Franz Listzt, Weimar
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.