Masterworks Program to Feature Water-Inspired Works by Debussy, Chausson, Hadley
Published Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 am
Water, the life-giving substance, has long inspired composers, and on March 15 and 16, 8 PM at the Peristyle Theater, the Toledo Symphony, under the direction of Music Director Alain Trudel, will perform music written about the water in a program called The Majestic Sea.
Given the ongoing concerns over the quality of water in Lake Erie over the years and the Lake Erie Bill of Rights headed to the ballot on February 26, the Toledo Symphony will be offering a free ticket to The Majestic Sea for each Toledo resident who goes to the polls and votes.
“It’s not really serendipity that we programmed a concert this season centered on the theme of water. The qualities of water—how it can move, what it can do to sustain life—transcend time. It makes sense that there exists an extraordinary collection of incredible music and art inspired by water,” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “And, because we believe people should vote and make their voices count, we realized we could maybe help by offering free tickets to one of our upcoming performances.”
Free tickets may be redeemed in person at the Symphony box office with proof of voting, such as the “I Voted” sticker. The Toledo Symphony Box Office is located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue with free parking adjacent to the building. Additional tickets, with prices starting at $27, are available in-person, at toledosymphony.com, or by calling 419.246.8000.
In addition to Claude Debussy’s iconic orchestral piece La Mer, works on the program also include Debussy’s Clair de lune, Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer, and The Ocean written by American composer Henry Hadley.
“This program is full of great pieces for all levels of listeners,” says Trudel. “Many will come knowing Debussy’s ethereal and beautiful Clair de lune, which translates to ‘light of the moon,’ written for his baby daughter Claude-Emma. Some may know Debussy’s impressionist work La Mer or The Sea, but my hope is everyone will leave talking about Ernest Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer performed by the rising star mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier and The Ocean by American composer Henry Hadley. They are hidden gems that deserve more recognition.”
Michèle Losier’s achievements at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2005 led to her house debut in 2007 as Diane (Iphigénie en Tauride), under the baton of Louis Langrée, alongside Susan Grahamand Placido Domingo. Her success at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition in 2008 won her a recital tour of Europe and a recording of the Chansons of Henri Duparc with pianist Daniel Blumenthal, released in April 2009 on the Fuga Libera label.
An alumnus of McGill University, Michèle Losier was also a member of the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, the Opéra de Montréal's Atelier Lyrique and the Juilliard Opera Center in New York. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and scholarships, including those from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva-Gelber Foundation. She is a First Prize winner at the Journées de la Musique Française in 2000, the Vocal Division of the Canadian Music Competition in 2001, and of the Mélodie Française category of the Chant de Marmande International Competition in France.
Henry Hadley, an American composer and conductor at the turn of the 20th century, was one of the most performed and published American composers of his day. After touring and composing extensively in Europe, Hadley became the first conductor of the San Francisco Symphony in 1911. In 1921, he became associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic, the first American conductor to hold a full-time post with a major American orchestra. Hadley was a pioneer in film, as well, and invited by Warner Bros. to conduct the New York Philharmonic in the 1926 film Don Juan, the first feature film with synchronized music and sound effects. In the final years of his life, Hadley helped to found the Berkshire Symphonic Music Festival in Massachusetts which later became known as Tanglewood.
“The Ocean is a tone poem in the late-Romantics style that, like La Mer, depicts the many moods of the ocean and brings it to life,” says Trudel. “Audiences will witness the opening music depicting the stormy, violent seas and the calm serenity at the end. And, it’s really cinematic sounding. Trust me, you will know these sounds, and your heart will swell and calm with the music of this beautiful piece, like in the movies.”
The Majestic Sea program will take place on March 15 and 16, 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Tickets start at $27 and are available at toledosymphony.com or 419.246.8000. Toledo residents who vote on February 26 will each receive a free ticket to the program with proof of voting.
For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at email@example.com.
TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is a community-supported organization of professional musicians and teachers who deliver quality performance and music education for all.
Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-five professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.
On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.
The Toledo Symphony reaches more than 260,000 individuals annually through performances and education programs. The series concerts (Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Mozart in the Afternoon, and Family Series) are the critical underpinning of the orchestra’s artistic mission and regularly draw people from 135 postal zip codes. Additionally, Music Under the Stars, a free summer band concert series, is held annually at the Toledo Zoo. Education programs, student performances, and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers, and community facilities throughout the region; many are offered at no charge or provided at a reduced fee to help expand participation.