Thursday, December 4, 2008

Copland for Organ Tonight at the 'Horn

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 9:00 AM

You like a big organ, right? Tonight the Schermerhorn Symphony Center has you covered, as you long as you can pay the cover ($17.50-$52.50, depending on where you sit).

The glorious capabilities of the 3,568 pipes of the NSO's custom-built concert organ have primarily been utilized on music of Bach-like grandeur. But this weekend's Copland for Organ concert--performed Thursday through Saturday--will push the instrument's sonic scope considerably wider. Named for Aaron Copland's "Symphony for Organ and Symphony," the concert will give organist-in-residence Andrew Risinger a chance to explore more modern textures in what is considered Copland's most musically advanced (if not most popular) piece. But the evening encompasses much more. There's Charles Ives' short, mischievous "Variations on 'America,'" another organ-based composition that teases some fun out of the stately chords of "My Country 'Tis of Thee." On the opposite end, there's Beethoven's masterful "Symphony No. 7," the robust rhythms and riotous passages of which will have effusive conductor Giancarlo Guerrero bouncing like a hip-hop star. --Michael McCall

Tonight's show starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, it's at 8 p.m.

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