ORCHESTRA & GUITAR

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 pm

NDSU FESTIVAL CONCERT HALL

Gioacchino Rossini
   "William Tell" Overture

Joaquin Rodrigo
   Concierto de Aranuez
   featuring classical guitarist
BERTA ROJAS

Johannes Brahms
   Symphony No. 1

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There's something on the musical menu for everyone in November. The second Masterworks concert of the season opens with one of the most familiar pieces of music of all time - Rossini's "William Tell Overture." If you have ever watched cartoons or TV advertisements during the past several decades, you have undoubtedly heard this music - but it's even more fun seeing it performed live!

Guitarist BERTA ROJAS joins the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for the first time to perform Rodrigo's enchantingly lovely "Concierto de Aranjuez." A three-time Latin Grammy Award nominee, Ms. Rojas performs throughout the world as a much sought-after solo and concerto performer. Of particular importance to the Paraguayan native is promoting the music of Latin America and Spain, as well as introducing classical guitar to new audiences.

As for the final piece on the program, anyone who has had to follow in the footsteps of a high-achieving older sibling can possibly relate to Johannes Brahms. He struggled for eight long years to compose his first symphony. Many expected the composer to follow directly in the monumental footsteps of Ludwig van Beethoven and, for his "rookie" symphony, produce a piece that would be a worthy successor to Beethoven's immortal Ninth Symphony. Poor Johannes, high expectations indeed! But he eventually found his way - incorporating influences of Beethoven along with his own emerging, forward-looking musical themes. We invite you to enjoy Brahms's wonderful music that offers the best of German Romanticism, light-spirited movements, folk melodies that are a direct quote of Alpine horns, and a rousing finale that confidently tips its hat at last to Beethoven's Ninth.