2017 Orchestra Series: Metamorphosis and Reformation
Near the end of World War II, Richard Strauss was moved to compose Metamorphosen, his intensely personal lament for the devolution of German culture during the Nazi regime. This work, which served as the inspiration for this summer’s theme, featured 23 string players each playing a unique part. Rounding out the program were American composer Copland's jazz-influenced Clarinet Concerto, originally composed for Benny Goodman, and Mendelssohn's fifth symphony, which was written to honor the 300th anniversary of the Protestant reformation. Photos by Katy Barnard.