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Jeremiah: Fire in the Heart

Sunday, January 21, 2018 3:00PM
Mead Theatre - Schuster Center

Jeremiah: Fire in the Heart
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BERNSTEIN Candide Overture
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor, presenter

The unique Classical Connections format features musical examples and explanation by DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman, followed by a performance of the entire composition. Directly following is a casual Q&A and an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter's.

This first Connections Concert of the new calendar year takes us back to 1942 and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah. At its premiere, the composer himself conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This programmatic symphony follows the biblical story found in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. The piece has three movements: Prophecy; Profanation; and Lamentation. Not to be taken literally, the movements instead cultivate the emotions within the story. In the first movement, Prophecy, one can almost hear the prophet’s pleas. Profanation, the second movement, is a scherzo, portraying the corruption and the ensuing destruction of Jerusalem. The third and final movement, Lamentation, suggests the mournful cry of Jeremiah.