Colorado Symphony principal harpist Courtney Hershey Bress shines in rare performance of Oberthür's luminous Concertino for Harp and Orchestra
Artists: Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Courtney Hershey Bress, harp
ROSSINI: Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri (“The Italian Girl in Algiers”)
OBERTHÜR: Concertino for Harp and Orchestra in G minor
SAINT-SAËNS: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, “Organ”
Performances: Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: Remaining tickets currently start at $19.
This weekend, prepare to be dazzled by masterworks celebrated the world over for their sheer beauty, uplifting themes and charming manner as conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the Colorado Symphony on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall. The concerts feature a rarely heard gem of the repertoire, Oberthür’s brilliant Concertino for Harp and Orchestra in G minor, featuring Colorado Symphony principal harpist Courtney Hershey Bress. A showcase for virtuosity, the Concertino is an opportunity for both soloist and orchestra to shine.
The centerpiece of this beautiful concert is Saint-Saëns' masterpiece, Symphony No. 3 in C minor, also known as the "Organ" Symphony. While not a true symphony for organ, the Symphony No. 3 features both piano and organ. It earned its moniker due to the prominent, serene and masterful role of the organ – and instrument at which Saint-Saëns personally excelled. Today, it is regarded as one of the great French symphonies and Saint-Saëns' masterwork in the genre. Conceived as a tribute to Franz Liszt, Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 is contemplative and fanciful, peaceful yet majestic. Tickets are still available for these must-attend concerts and start at $19.