Orchestra concert features Beethoven, celebrates partnership with city

By Nicholas Johnson | Mar 15, 2017
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Community Orchestra Trevor Lutzenhiser, conductor and artistic director of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra, will give lecture on Beethoven prior to the free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19.

A free concert this Sunday features the music of Beethoven and celebrates the Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s partnership with the city of Mukilteo.

The concert features two of Beethoven’s most renowned pieces – Symphony No. 7 in A Major and the Overture to the opera Fidelio. The orchestra will also perform a third piece: Reger’s Variation and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven.

“We are excited to perform these pieces of Beethoven’s literature for our audience,” Conductor and Artistic Director Trevor Lutzenhiser said.

“I selected each of them to showcase different composition styles and the emotions that these pieces bring to the audience.”

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, was premiered in Vienna in 1913 with Beethoven himself as conductor. It provides a wide scope of orchestration and intensity of emotion in the four movements of the symphony.

Fedelio Overture Op. 72, reflects Beethoven’s lifelong love of opera. Composed in 1814, the piece is Beethoven’s only opera and took 12 years to write. The theme is that of love along with freedom from political tyranny and injustice.

The program for the concert also features Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 86, by German composer Max Reger. It was originally written in 1904 for two pianos and four hands and was one of Reger’s favorite concert pieces. Later in life, he revisited the work and rescored it in a structure alternating the segments among different instrumental groups.

Prior to the 2 p.m. concert, Lutzenhiser will give a lecture on Beethoven at 1:15 p.m. Then, at 1:40 p.m., orchestra harpist Natalie Skerlong will provide pre-concert music.

The concert will be held at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Avenue in Mukilteo, which the orchestra has called home since its founding 20 years ago.

When the new community center opened in February 2011, the orchestra performed Beethoven’s Consecration of the House during the grand opening ceremonies.

Initially under the auspices of the Gene Nastri School for the Arts and later as a community partner with the city of Mukilteo, the orchestra moved into the new community center when it opened in 2011.

Sunday’s concert presents an opportunity for the orchestra to recognize its partnership with the city of Mukilteo and the support provided by the city’s Recreation Department and the Rosehill Community Center.

Jennifer Berner, who resigned in February after 10 years as the city’s director of Recreation and Cultural Services, provided dedication and an ongoing contribution to the orchestra and its outreach to the community.

There will be special recognition at the concert for this partnership and the support provided to the orchestra by the city and its staff.

For more information about the concert, visit www.mukilteoorchestra.org.

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