Friday, November 6, 2015

Maestro Morgan: Rediscover Victor Bendix’s lush Symphony No. 3 (1895). It’s astonishing that such a gorgeous and grand Romantic work slipped into obscurity

Michael Morgan

“Adventurous programming doesn’t always mean contemporary music,” says Michael Morgan. “Sometimes it’s nice to look back and find something that has gotten lost in the shuffle of history.” Maestro Morgan, the Symphony, and audiences will do just that as we re-discover Danish composer Victor Bendix’s lush Symphony No. 3 (1895). It’s astonishing that such a gorgeous and grand Romantic work slipped into obscurity after the composer’s successful career that bridged the 19th and 20th centuries. A former student of Franz Liszt and close friend of composer Carl Nielsen Bendix shared the more famous Dane’s flare for emotionally powerful music but has been eclipsed by his colleague's fame and the fickle favors of history.

Also on the program will be the return of sensational young pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner as he performs Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, Toland Voice Competition-winner Brent Turner singing Offenbach and Lehar, and Bach’s monumental Toccata and Fugue in D minor in the Stokowski orchestration that was featured in Disney’s Fantasia (1940).

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