The 74th annual Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra season concludes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium with the multimedia live performance “Music in Footage.”
“Music in Footage” had been scheduled earlier this yr however was cancelled as a result of venue points.
The efficiency will characteristic the WFSO and the images of Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts and Wichitan Frank Yeager.
“I’m actually actually completely happy that we are able to carry out it,” mentioned Fouad Fakhouri, WFSO music director and conductor.
The night musically options Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” (1956); William Grant Nonetheless’s “Symphony No. 1”; Jose Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango” (1941); Dvořák’s Largo from Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” (1893); and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” — “4 Dance Episodes” (1942).
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Visitor artist Bardonnay will current three visible concertos: “Magico,” “Rodeo!” and a newly commissioned piece that includes Yeager’s images.
Throughout these three musical performances, he’ll venture his curated photographic photos onto a big display, above the live performance stage.
Bardonnay choreographed “Magico” to North American composer Moncayo’s “Huapango” and his personal photos from Mexico.
The piece — in each music and pictures — celebrates the range, heat and cultural richness of Mexico, WFSO Govt Director Alicia Deges mentioned.
The WFSO’s newly commissioned piece brings collectively Yeager’s images of Yellowstone Nationwide Park with the “Largo” motion from Dvořák’s symphony.
Yeager’s photos are drawn from a few years documenting the park’s landscapes, crops and animals, in accordance with Deges.
Closing out the Saturday live performance will likely be Copland’s “Rodeo!” — which brings collectively Bardonnay’s photos of a small-town rodeo with Copland’s beloved musical composition, mentioned Deges.
This system got here collectively, Fakhouri mentioned, after Deges introduced Bardonnay to his consideration.
“He creates images that he form of marries with music,” Fakhouri mentioned.
Fakhouri then requested Bardonnay to develop a multimedia work that includes Yeager’s pictures. The conductor had first seen them a number of years in the past and was very impressed.
Fakhouri mentioned the “Music in Footage” program displays the music of the North and South Americas.
Bernstein’s quick “Overture to Candide” opens the night, he mentioned.
“His material will not be American, however his music sure is,” Fakhouri mentioned.
“William Grant Nonetheless’s symphony is seldom heard in the present day,” Fakhouri mentioned. “It’s one of many first symphonies by an African American composer and one that includes jazz and blues in a very attention-grabbing method.”
Fakhouri added: “It additionally has a pleasant banjo half in it.”
The banjo half will likely be carried out by Wichita Falls native Scott Whitfield, who was only in the near past inducted into the American Banjo Corridor of Fame in 2021.
Each Fakhouri and Bardonnay will do a visitor speak at 6:45 p.m. Saturday within the auditorium earlier than the symphony. Viewers members are welcome to attend.
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Fakhouri could be very excited concerning the multimedia efficiency, following the success of the WFSO’s earlier multimedia packages for the edited Pixar movies and “House Alone” film.
The WFSO conductor mentioned that not like the Pixar and “House Alone” packages, he won’t have a video monitor or click on observe to work with.
Bardonnay will likely be at a console projecting photos, which Fakhouri will likely be unable to see.
“It makes my job fairly attention-grabbing,” he mentioned with amusing.
Fakhouri is trying ahead to the seventy fifth anniversary of the WFSO in 2022-23 and dealing this summer time to place collectively this system for the season.
They’re contemplating giant concert events that contain vital neighborhood collaborations.
“A few of the issues we will likely be doing require forces from the neighborhood,” he mentioned, “reminiscent of ‘Carmina Burana’ with a choir and ‘The Planets.’ ”
What: The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra performs “Music in Footage”
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Doorways open at 6:30 p.m., and there will likely be a preconcert speak by visitor Nicholas Bardonnay and WFSO Music Director Fouad Fakhouri.
The place: Memorial Auditorium, 1300 seventh St.
Info and tickets: (940) 723-6202 or WFSO.org.