Austin Symphony Presents Masterworks Vi: Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

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Austin Symphony Presents Masterworks Vi: Schubert's Unfinished Symphony
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Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO continue their 105th concert season with “The Sounds of Hope” on Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts’ Dell Hall. These performances are proudly sponsored by BBVA.

PROGRAM
Verdi – Overture to Nabucco
Schubert – Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, Unfinished
Westlake/Attar – Compassion

The evening will begin with Verdi’s Nabucco. Music from his opera that follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco.

The next piece, Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, will conclude the first half. “It is a musical composition that Schubert started in 1822 but left with only two movements—though he lived for another six years. A scherzo, nearly completed in piano score but with only two pages orchestrated, also survives.” - Brian Newbould, Schubert and the Symphony: A New Perspective

The evening concludes with film composer Nigel Westlake, writer of the musical soundtrack to the Golden-Globe Award-Winning movie Babe. He crafted a seven-movement song cycle for voice and orchestra, alternating movements from Hebrew and Arabic prayer texts, into a haunting and mesmerizing musical work that brings to the fore themes of compassion. Compassion will receive its US premiere by the Austin Symphony. Israel-born Australian vocalist Lior will be travelling from Australia to perform this wonderfully exciting and timely work.

Tickets range from $12 to $75. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID (subject to availability). Charge tickets online at www.austinsymphony.org where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 512.476.6064.
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