During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was significant for his acknowledged mastery of keyboard instruments, particularly the organ. How he came to be regarded as the supreme composer of the 18th century was the result of political machinations much later, as German states working toward unification needed a cultural hero to rally around. The renaissance (and in some cases rediscovery) of Bach’s music in the 19th century inspired European composers to explore Bachian techniques and genres, and his influence has pervaded musical cultures ever since. UMW musicologist Brooks Kuykendall will explore this phenomenon, considering examples from the works of Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Elgar, Milhaud, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, and others.
Star Trek’s legendary Mr. Sulu joins Maestro Bartram at the helm in this intergalactic concert featuring Gustav Holst’s masterpiece The Planets. The 7-movement orchestral masterpiece by English composer Holst was written more than 100 years ago and features each of the then-known planets, along with their corresponding astrological character. Mr. Takei and the Philharmonic will boldly go where Fredericksburg has not gone before with this and other sci-fi classics, including the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and award winning composer Michael Giacchino’s score to the recent film Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Friends tickets go on sale Monday, January 14.
General public sales begin Monday, January 21.