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2 educational concerts start orchestra's season

Joel Rosenberg will mark his 14th season as music director of the Orchestra of Sandy City with this weekend's educational concerts.
Joel Rosenberg will mark his 14th season as music director of the Orchestra of Sandy City with this weekend's educational concerts.
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning News

The Orchestra of Sandy City opens its new season this weekend with a pair of educational concerts. On the program are the Prelude to Act III of Wagner's "Lohengrin," Mozart's Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter") and the final movement from Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."

"I'm looking forward to doing this program," said Joel Rosenberg, who'll be starting his 14th season as music director of the Sandy-based orchestra. "For one thing, it shows how the size and makeup of the orchestra changed dramatically from Mozart's day to the 19th century."

The orchestra of the late 18th century compares to a modern chamber orchestra in size, while Berlioz added to the standard orchestra of his day and expanded it considerably, Rosenberg said. "In the 'Symphonie Fantastique,' Berlioz increased the brass and percussion sections, and wrote for an extra tuba and what were considered unusual instruments, such as the E-flat clarinet."

There is much to be learned from Berlioz's orchestration, Rosenberg added. "I'll also discuss such things as his use of special effects and how he created new sonorities."

Mozart's symphony also contains a wealth of novel musical ideas. "One of the amazing things about this symphony is its finale, where he combines the five themes of the movement into a fugue," Rosenberg said. "It's an absolutely exquisite piece of music." Many composers tried to emulate it, including Haydn. "His 95th and 98th symphonies are modeled after the 'Jupiter."'

As for Wagner's prelude, Rosenberg calls it "probably the most difficult two minutes of music in the repertoire. But everything by Wagner is difficult, because you're all over your instrument." And despite its brevity, "it's a big piece to open a concert with."


If you go . . .

What: Orchestra of Sandy City, Joel Rosenberg

Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8600 South and 700 East

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

How much: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and students

Also: Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, free


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