On Saturday, May 11th Joel Levine and the OKC Philharmonic wrapped-up the 2012-2013 season for performances with the finale concert: A Globetrotter’s Guide to the Orchestra. The program offers works reflecting musical influences from around the world and showcasing each section of the orchestra.
Opening the concert is the overture to an early opera of Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer with music emblematic of the moody romantic tale set on stormy seas. Samuel Barber’s elegiac and affecting Adagio for Strings follows, the transcription of the slow movement of his Op 11 String Quartet. Inspired by the music he heard while visiting Rome in 1880, Tchaikovsky created his symphonic fantasy Capriccio Italien using five Italian folk tunes with which he interweaves in bright and sunny textures. Ogoun Badagris by the American and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Christopher Rouse derives its inspiration from Haitian drumming patterns and is scored for percussion ensemble. And a suite from the lightly poignant romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier, the opera set in 18th century Vienna by Richard Strauss concludes the program, the suite distilling the opera to its masterful orchestral essentials.