Join the Pensacola Symphony on Saturday April 25th at 8pm in the Saenger Theatre as we close the season with a mighty performance that will feature the newly restored “Great Saenger Pipe Organ” with Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony.
The program opens with Fountains of Rome by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. It is the first of three tone poems in his “Roman trilogy” and is his most performed piece throughout concert halls. Respighi captures the beauty of four Roman fountains, each represented in its own movement at a specific point in the day – featured are the fountains of Valle Giulia (at Dawn), Triton (at Morn), Trevi (at Midday), and Villa Medici (at Sunset).
Following, the Orchestra will perform Atlantic Riband by guest composer Kenneth Fuchs. The piece was inspired by the great ships of the 20th century, specifically the “Blue Riband” – the ship crossed the North Atlantic from New York and still holds its achievement for the fastest transatlantic voyage. Fuchs stated, “…the work expresses the energy and optimism – as well as the foreboding, mystery, and danger – of the ocean-going enterprise.”
Finally, the evening will end on a triumphant note with a spectacular performance of Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony, featuring the Saenger pipe organ on its first orchestral piece since renovation. The PSO will be among the first to perform with the 1925 Robert “Wonder Morton”, which has been unusable since damaged by the floodwaters of Ivan in 2004. In addition to the console, thousands of pipes had up be repaired or replaced – including some as tall as 16ft. After restoration, it will rival great theatre organs around the country, even the one located at Radio City Music Hall.
Prior to the concert on April 25, there will be a matinee dress rehearsal beginning at 2PM. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Palafox entrance of the Saenger Theatre. At 7PM there will be a pre-concert lecture. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the music. Both events are free with your concert ticket.
Tickets start at only $22 – available at pensacolasymphony.com, by phone at 850-435-2533, and at the Saenger Theatre, on the corner of Palafox and Intendencia.