BEYOND THE SCORE®: DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO. 9: WHOSE WORLD?
A Jacobs Masterworks Concert
A production of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gerard McBurney, creative director
San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Nuvi Mehta, narrator
Mark Pinter, actor
Sean Smith, actor
Jennifer Lindsay, vocalist
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95: From the New World
Ever wondered what inspired the creation of a great work of art? Journey into the heart of the music with Beyond the Score®. With live actors, visual illustrations, and musical examples, this multimedia experience reveals the illuminating stories found "inside" the score. After intermission, concertgoers return with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the work played in its entirety.
Welcome to the New World! In this fascinating multimedia concert, you'll experience all the colors of Antonín Dvořák's famous New World Symphony. The New World Symphony, one of the most popular orchestral works ever written, the idea of "echoes of nations" becomes very complex. For the composer and his fellow Czechs, the piece expresses longing for their homeland. For Americans, it's the first great symphony about America. And for African Americans and Native Americans, it resonates with themes highly suggestive of their songs and spirituals. Originally intended to be an opera inspired by Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha," Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 eventually wove together several cultures to produce a rainbow of music - a vision of many colors and identities.
For newcomers to classical music and longtime aficionados alike, each Beyond the Score® presentation is a dramatic exploration of a composer’s music. Through live actors, stunning visual projections and virtuosic fragments of live music performed by members of the CSO, the compelling story of the composer’s life and art unfolds, illuminating the world that shaped the music’s creation. Beyond the Score presentations weave together theater, music and design to draw audiences into the concert hall and into a work’s spirit.
Initially conceived in 2005 by current San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer, Beyond the Score® has become one of the most successful and original audience development tools in the field of classical music. The program seeks to open the door to the symphonic repertoire for first-time concertgoers as well as to encourage an active, more fulfilling way of listening for seasoned audiences. At its core is the live format of musical extracts, spoken clarification, theatrical narrative, and hand-paced projections on large central surfaces, performed in close synchrony. After each program, audiences return from intermission to experience the resulting work performed in a regular concert setting, equipped with a new understanding of its style and genesis.
Beyond the Score® was quickly recognized by orchestras in the United States and abroad; and its expanded licensing program has since brought performances to live audiences throughout the United States and the world. In addition, selected performances are also available for online viewing at www.beyondthescore.org.
Come experience this revolutionary concert format! Beyond the Score® is "a runaway hit! Newbies and seasoned concertgoers can meet, learn, and be entertained." (Chicago Tribune)