WF Symphony Orchestra to preform ‘Music in Footage’

WF Symphony Orchestra to preform ‘Music in Footage’

This a photo by Wichitan Frank Yeager taken in Yellowstone National Park. The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 74th season with a multimedia performance titled “Music in Pictures” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium with guest artist Nicholas Bardonnay. Bardonnay will project images of his photography on a screen while the orchestra performs. A newly commissioned piece for the evening will bring together Yeager’s photography of Yellowstone with the “Largo” movement from Dvořák’s New World symphony.

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.

This a photo by Wichitan Frank Yeager taken in Yellowstone National Park. The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 74th season with a multimedia performance titled “Music in Pictures” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium with guest artist Nicholas Bardonnay. Bardonnay will project images of his photography on a screen while the orchestra performs. A newly commissioned piece for the evening will bring together Yeager’s photography of Yellowstone with the “Largo” movement from Dvořák’s New World symphony.

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.  

The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 74th season with a multimedia performance titled “Music in Pictures” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium with guest artist Nicholas Bardonnay. Bardonnay will project images of his photography such as this one on a screen while the orchestra performs. This image is from a performance of Copland’s “Rodeo."

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. 

The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 74th season with a multimedia performance titled “Music in Pictures” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium with guest artist Nicholas Bardonnay. Bardonnay will project images of his photography such as this one on a screen while the orchestra performs. This image is from a performance of Copland’s “Rodeo."

“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.