March 8 2013 8 pm Lightner Museum
The St. Augustine Orchestra, together with the Ancient City Brass Band, will provide the effect of dueling brasses as a special feature of the orchestra’s winter concerts on Friday, March 8 at 8 pm at the Lightner Museum; with an encore performance on Sunday March 10 at3 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach. Members of the Ancient City Brass Band will be located on opposite sides of the galleries above the orchestra where, under the direction of Conductor William McNeiland, they will play Giovanni Gabrielli’s “Sonata Pian’ e Forte”, (means soft and loud Sonata). The piece is designed for two brass choirs playing antiphonally to provide a dynamic acoustic effect. The work was originally written in 1597 for two orchestral groups to play at opposite sides of St. Mark’s Cathedral inVenice,Italy.
The Triumphal March from Guiseppe Verdi’s opera, “Aida” will also feature two brass bands in the galleries. Offstage brass will also figure in the performance of Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of the Appian Way”, from the tone poem “The Pines of Rome”, giving the impression of victorious Roman soldiers marching home along the Appian Way.
“Wellington’s Victory” by Beethoven was written to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s victory over the French in a decisive battle at Vitoria, Spain in 1813. It was originally scored for 193 live cannon as well as two bands representing the British on one side and the French on the other. The work ends with variations on the British anthem “God Save the King”.
The program finale is Tchaikowsky’s “1812 Overture” commemorating Russia’s victory at the Battle of Boradino, which stopped Napoleon’s attempt to capture Moscow and ultimately led to the defeat of the French army. The music includes sound effects representing cannon fire and the victorious chimes of church bells.
Admission to Friday’s concert at the Lightner Museum is $15 at the door; and admission to the Sunday concert in Ponte Vedra Beach is $10 at the door. Seating is open, and children 12 years old and younger are admitted free.