dvorak - serenade for winds, op. 44
ligeti - concert romanesc
beethoven - symphony no. 4 in B-flat major
Join us at the Armory on May 11th as we cap off our third season of music with The Fields! May is a time of rejuvenation and celebration in Boston. Spring is in full bloom and the last bits of Winter are finally left behind. Nothing could accompany a Spring night better than Phoenix bringing you the sounds of Beethoven, Dvorak, and Ligeti.
For The Fields, Phoenix’s wind players return to center stage for an abbreviated rendition of Dvorak’s amazing Serenade for Winds, an homage to the wind serenades of Mozart littered with Czech folk spirit. Ligeti’s Concert Romanesc is a rustic romp full of folk dances, that had been stuck in the composer's head since he transcribed them on wax cylinders during his youth, accompanied by the otherworldly interjections of a distant alpenhorn, far across the fields.
On top of all of that, for the first time in our short history, Phoenix tackles the symphonic mastery of Ludwig van Beethoven. Referring to Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th symphonies Robert Schumann famously called Beethoven 4, “a slender Greek maiden between two Norse giants.” We’re not sure we agree with the imagery, but the depiction of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony as a joyous and carefree celebration is exactly what makes it fit so perfectly on The Fields!
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Phoenix show without some drinks, friendly people, and a few surprises along the way. Come celebrate with us at the Armory on May 11th as we put a wrap on our third season of music. We can’t wait to see you there!