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Classical Works inspired by Folk Music
November 4 at 7:00 pm
On Sunday evening, November 4th , at 7:00 p.m., under the direction of Music Director Stephen Thurlow, the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will present a FREE concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora featuring the musical works of Bizet, Copland, Grainger, and the team of Kern & Hammerstein. Their music spanning almost one hundred years, these esteemed composers in various ways have been inspired in equally various stylistic treatments of traditional folk song/dance music idioms (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic). Under the baton of Maestro Thulow, the Philharmonic Orchestra will perform: George Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 (with folk tunes from the French countryside); Aaron Copland’s Variation’s on a Shaker Melody from “Appalachian Spring” (based on the traditional Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts’); Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry (setting of the Irish folksong, “Danny Boy”); and Highlights from Showboat by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein (medley of stylized ethnic minstrels, ragtime, jazz, spirituals). All in all, very audience-friendly music.
The concert will be held at St. Mark’s Church, located at 27 South Edgelawn Drive, in Aurora 60506, (SW intersection of Galena Blvd), with plenty of parking available. While admission to the concert is free, free-will donations to defray expenses are appreciated.
For additional information on the concert and future events, you can call (708)-579-2878 (before noon M-F).