Musical Influence and Legacy
The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s early spring concert Symphonic Legacy features works by these three major composers – who are more connected than you may have realized! This striking concert, celebrating the power of musical influence and legacy, will be held at the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, Georgia at 7:30PM on March 15, 2022.
The Symphonic Legacy concert includes:
- Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture (written after a visit to Scotland’s famous Fingal’s Cave that left an indelible impression),
- Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major (his LAST published symphony), and
- Mozart’s Symphony No 1 in E-flat Major (his very FIRST symphony, written when he was just eight years old!).
The Haydn – Mozart – Mendelssohn Connection
Joseph Haydn’s life spanned 77 years (1732-1809) which is quite long in comparison to Mozart (1756-1791), who lived to age 35, and Mendelssohn (1809-1847), who died when he was just 38. Mendelssohn was born early in the same year that Haydn died, so while their lives technically overlapped, it was only for a few months. Mendelssohn was a child prodigy, as was Mozart, but they lived in different centuries – Mozart in the 18th century and Mendelssohn in the 19th. However, Mozart’s rich legacy of compositions played an influential role in shaping Mendelssohn’s own remarkable life.
The Mozart-Haydn connection is much stronger. Haydn’s lifetime spanned Mozart’s birth, the entirety of his extraordinary musical career, and even his death. They not only knew each other, they were friends, and had great respect for each other’s work.
We hope you will join us for Symphonic Legacy, an early spring performance, to celebrate the significant influences of Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn on orchestral music as we now experience it. Their ability to effect and transform is still felt centuries later!
From Richard Prior, LSO Music Director and Conductor
I am delighted for the opportunity to continue the LSO’s 2021-2022 Music in the Sanctuary series with our collaborative partners at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange. In addition to a number of recording projects in the summer and the early Fall of 2021, the orchestra brought several performances to our patrons of great works that are too often overlooked in the canon. Mozart’s delightful first symphony, barely twelve minutes long, was written in 1764, and Haydn wrote his last in 1795. As “Papa” Haydn is regarded as the father of the Classical symphony, this a rare opportunity to hear the “passing of the baton” from Haydn to Mozart.
This concert will take place in the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange (FUMC) at 7:30 PM on March 15, 2022. Tickets are on sale now and can be accessed HERE. The same procedures for electronic tickets and the vaccination policy from the previous fall 2021 Music in the Sanctuary series remain in effect. All can be found on the ticket page.
April Concert – Save-The-Date
Our Season Finale April 26th! Please plan on joining us and stay tuned for more information coming soon.
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