The West Shore Symphony Orchestra will open its 33rd season with a free family concert at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and with a Masterworks concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The performances will have a visual theme, with the family concert titled “Art at the Orchestra” and the Masterworks concert titled “Imagery.” Both concerts will be held at the Carlisle Theatre, located at 40 W. High St., in Carlisle.
Prior to the Masterworks concert on Sunday, musical director and conductor Jennifer Sacher Wiley will present a pre-concert talk at 2:15 p.m.
Works performed will include two sets of compositions from ballets: “Lully’s Suite” from “Le Triomphe de L’amour” and Manuel de Falla’s “Three -Cornered Hat.” Modest Mussorgsky’s epic work, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” will round out the concert.
“Le Triomphe de L’amour” was commissioned in 1681 by King Louis XIV. Although successful during its time, it disappeared into obscurity until being rediscovered in the 1950s and fashioned into a suite featuring the orchestra’s string players.
The “Three-Cornered Hat” ballet is a zany farce that premiered in Paris in 1919. Written by de Falla, a significant Spanish composer of the 20th century, the composition includes frequent flashes of woodwind solos, harp, piano, celeste and occasional percussive riffs. The mode of the piece is more reminiscent of fiery, traditional Spanish dance than classical ballet.
“Pictures at an Exhibition” was composed for piano in 1874 by Modest Mussorgsky and arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel. During the piece, one can imagine going to an art gallery, moving from painting to painting during the “Promenades,” of which there are five, and visiting paintings with unusual subjects such as gnomes, chickens, a catacomb, and at the conclusion, the Great Gate of Kyiv.
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Thanks to a partnership with the Carlisle Area School District’s Art Department, the artwork of some of Carlisle’s most talented students will be premiered on the theater’s movie screen during portions of the Masterworks concert.
Student artists participating from Carlisle High School include Lillian Roesler, Olivia Lane, Coleman Miller, Leah Wagner, Ella Bowman, Connor Fritz, Cira Gilbert, Julianna Askins, Russ Cabagnot, Mysterline Clement, Jacob Murphy, Yandra Darauch Santamaria, Braylei Schroeder, Annelise Bell DeYoung, Rebecca Burbridge, Alison Schmitt, Hannah Portilla, Cody Lavigne, Autumn Velazquez, Brandon Graham, Grace Rotella, Gianna Peters, Adelisa Mesic, Sarah Sheperd, Il’lajah Rivera, Dervla Dolan, Catherine Walker, Llyra Carlton, Lorraine Durbin, Alajiah Kuntz, Morgan Mufalli, Hailey Flickinger and Mari Khvichia.
Student artists participating from Wilson Middle School include Helaina Deaton, Sara Dowling, Julia Skura, Kyle Harper, Richard Kline, Brayden Burge, Carson Swartz, Hannah Barker, Joey Reed, Nataylia Mabey, Giana Renninger, Katherine Woodruff, Nidal Makin, Parker Heberlig, Sarah Forrester, Emilia Ohstrom, Caleb Geyer, Colton Gillingham, Andrew Bortner, Willough Zock, Nakiah Horton and Evelyn Hopkins.
Student artists participating from Lamberton Middle School include Dolly Hritz, EllaJane Henderson, Simon Muniz, Emma Kelley and Addie Schantz.
West Shore Symphony Family Concerts are geared toward ages 3 to 7 years old, although audience members of all ages are welcome. The Saturday concert “Art at the Orchestra” invites listeners to hear colors, see images and create art. During this scripted show, the orchestra will perform excerpts from its Masterworks concert.
Tickets for the Masterworks concert are $15 general admission and $12 for seniors. The concert is free for students and children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at www.westshoresymphony.org.