Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

  • Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • 8:00 PM
  • George Mason University Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Tony Arnold, Soprano

Where and When?
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8pm

Christopher Zimmerman,Conductor

Tony Arnold, Soprano


HAYDN: Symphony No. 60,
"Il Distratto"
VIRTUE (World Premiere and Co-Commission)

Pulcinella Suite


$25 - $60
Students - $5 at the door

Inspiration for the 21st century from the distant past.  


When Christopher Theofanidis was commissioned by the Fairfax Symphony, along with the New Haven and the Adrian Symphony Orchestras, he stretched deep into the past for inspiration. The remarkable Hildegard von Bingen who was born at the very end of the 11th century in Germany was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic,Benedictine abbessvisionary - and playwright! Her morality play Ordo Virtutum is about the struggle for a human soul, between the Virtues - angels at the gates of heaven -  and the Devil. In Christopher Theofanidis' symphonic interpretation of this play, fragments of texts and musical lines from the original are incorporated throughout. The Virtues and the Soul are performed by four sopranos, while the Devil will be acted by a narrator who, both in the original play and Theofanidis' work,  cannot make music but "grunts and barks out words".


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