April 28, 2022 – The Symphony of the Hills presents the final concert in the 2021-22 season, Primitive Echoes, music that recognizes the power, futility, emotion, and accomplishment of war, peace, and the mystery of human connections, on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
This concert opens with Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia, a rousing work composed to celebrate the struggle and independence of the Finnish people.
Ken Burns’ Civil War series on PBS contains a highly poignant war melody in the plaintive voice of a solo fiddle, becoming the instant classic Ashokan Farewell.
Some of the most famous images and sounds of war were composed by Gustav Holst in his work, The Planets, which features a representation of Mars.
San Antonio composer Alice Gomez brings native and Latin American sounds to life in her concerto for timpani and orchestra entitled Primitive Echoes, bringing percussion front and center.
Finally, Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations celebrate the various personalities and qualities of some of his companions, spotlighting the mystery of human connections.
Jean Sibelius – Finlandia, Op. 26
Ungar/Custer – Ashokan Farewell from “The Civil War”
-Phil Johnson, violin soloist
Gustav Holst – “Mars, The Bringer of War” from The Planets
Alice Gomez – “Primitive Echoes” Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra
-Sherry Rubins, timpani soloist
Edward Elgar – Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 Enigma