THE NOBLE SPIRIT
The second half of our season begins on January 24 and 25, 2020 with The Noble Spirit. The concert features Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral, written after the loss of her younger brother. In Higdon’s words, the work is a reflection on “the amazing journeys that we all make in our lives, crossing paths with so many individuals singularly and collectively, learning and growing each step of the way.” Concerti on this series are William Walton’s Viola Concerto with Sara Dudley on viola, Darius Milhaud’s Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra with Kurt Behnke on cello, and Alexandra Gardner’s Just Say Yes with Michael Blancaflor on drumset. Both January concerts end with Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, a work that Prokofiev said was "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit."