https://www.kendallsquareorchestra.org/eventscalendar/see-the-music-hear-the-dance Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
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The Kendall Square Orchestra presents See the Music, Hear the Dance, on Friday March 10th, making its debut at historic Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA. Tickets and information are available here. This ensemble of 70+ classically trained musicians who work in the tech and life sciences at over 50 institutions in the Kendall Square community, aims to collaborate, innovate, and inspire through music while supporting causes related to healthcare and STEM education, including their annual Symphony for Science benefit concert later this year.
“See the Music, Hear the Dance was the motto of George Balanchine, the father of American ballet,” says K2O Music Director Kristo Kondakçi. “He demanded that his dancers be acutely musical. He believed that dance should be visual music, accentuating its every nuance to force audiences to hear it differently. For this program, our musicians (and listeners) will embody the acute ‘dance’ at the core of each of the pieces we are performing.”
On March 10, Maestro Kondakçi will conduct Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in A minor, Opus 33; Selections from Duke Ellington’s River Suite; and Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Opus 64.
Coleridge-Taylor wrote three Ballades, all in minor keys. The Ballade in A minor is considered by critics to be full of heart and drama, beginning and ending in urgency. Its central section is filled with passionate, lushly scored melodies. It premiered just two months prior to Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, the cantata that launched Coleridge-Taylor’s career.
Duke Ellington’s The River was commissioned by The American Ballet Theatre for choreographer Alvin Ailey. Ellington wrote a total of twelve movements, seven of which premiered as dance works by Ailey at New York’s Lincoln Center. The composer was taken with water imagery in all its forms, but also the course of water—from spring through river to the sea, then evaporating to return as rain or snow—as a spiritual metaphor. When it reaches the sea, Ellington wrote, “The river is no longer a river. It has passed its point of disembarkation and here we realize the validity of the foundation of religion which is the HEAVENLY ANTICIPATION OF REBIRTH.” K2O will perform three movements for this concert: I. Spring; II. Meander, and IV. Lake.
One of nine ballets composed by Prokofiev, his Romeo and Juliet has become a 20th century classic, despite the composer’s early draft in which the ballet had a happy ending. In a 1937 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Prokofiev said the ballet features a new melodic line, “Which would have immediate appeal yet sound like nothing written before.” In his own way, Prokofiev succeeded in telling one of the greatest love stories of all time. And he succeeded in communicating the tragedy therein.