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Pastoral Symphony

October 15 at 7:30 pm

Beethoven’s vivid Sixth Symphony follows music by Stella Sung, accompanying projections of works of Norman Rockwell, and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, with original animations by Knight Arts Challenge winner Amber Kempthorn.

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Pastoral Symphony


October 15
7:30 pm
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E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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“The awakening of joyful feelings upon arriving in the country,” was how Beethoven described the first movement of his Sixth Symphony. The Pastoral Symphony is among the most visual of all orchestral works. In it, we “see” sun-drenched fields, a brookside idyll, a peasant dance interrupted by a violent thunderstorm, and a prayer of thanksgiving. Stella Sung’s Rockwell Reflections—commissioned by the ASO in 2008—are musical likenesses of five Norman Rockwell paintings. They match his art in character, tone, humanity, and humor. Knight Arts Challenge winner Amber Kempthorn unveils Ordinary Magic: A Sunday Morning in the Cuyahoga Valley,  a unique blend of traditional hand-drawn and contemporary computer animation inspired by the moody musical seascapes of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.

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Pastoral Symphony with projections of works by Norman Rockwell and original animations by Amber Kempthorn*
* Knight Arts Challenge Winner

Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Stella Sung Rockwell Reflections
Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Listen to a preview on Spotify.

All concerts take place at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, located on the campus of The University of Akron. Per guidelines set by The University of Akron, masks are optional for all patrons attending concerts at EJ Thomas Hall.

Single tickets go on sale August 1.



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