September 25, 2001
Folk music comes to life at CSUS
"People usually complain that music
is so ambiguous, that it leaves them in such doubt as to what
they are supposed to think, whereas words can be understood
by everyone. But to me it seems exactly the opposite,"
said the late 19th century composer Felix Mendelssohn. His
work is featured in an upcoming concert at California State
University, Sacramento at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Music
Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.
The CSUS Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of music
professor Leo Eylar, will present a program of three classical
music pieces that are renowned for capturing specific cultural
traits and painting pictures of some of Europe's most beautiful
and mysterious regions.
Two works evoking the rustic charm of 19th century Central
Europe will open the program. Anton Dvorak's Legend incorporates
the beautiful folk songs of the Bohemian forests, while Zoltan
Kodaly's Galanta Dances features the folk dances of Kodaly's
Following intermission, the program will continue with Felix
Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3. Mendelssohn conceived the mysterious
introduction to the first movement in 1829 during a visit
to the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
Of that visit, Mendelssohn wrote, "In the deep twilight
we went today to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved.
Everything is ruined, decayed, and the clear heavens pour
in. I think I have found there the beginning of my 'Scottish'
Mendelssohn waited a dozen years to complete this symphony.
Though it has been numbered the third, it was actually the
last of his five symphonies to be completed.
Tickets to the concert are $5 for students and $8 general.
Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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