AUTUMN HUNT PROGRAM & NOTES

AUTUMN HUNT

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 6PM

ZILKHA HALL / HOBBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Our 2015/16 Seasonal Rituals begin with Antonio Vivaldi’s Autumn, the first of four concerti constituting his beloved Four Seasons, each of which appears on its own program this season. Autumn Hunt also includes vocal fireworks aplenty, with Joseph Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos for mezzo-soprano and strings—in which the mythical figure Arianna imagines herself hunter’s prey—plus a selection of Handel arias.


ARTISTIC PERSONNEL

Jamie Barton
            mezzo-soprano

Adam LaMotte
            violin soloist & concertmaster

Oleg Sulyga
Maria Lin
Andrés González
            violin I

Alan Austin
Hae-a Lee
Alana Youssefian
            violin II

James Dunham
Erika Lawson
            viola

Barrett Sills
Erika Johnson
            violoncello

Deborah Dunham
            violone

Richard Savino
            theorbo

Matthew Dirst
            harpsichord & conductor





 

PROGRAM

Excerpts from Serse
            Ouverture: [Grave] – Allegro – Gigue
            Accompagnato: “Frondi tenere”
            Aria: “Ombra mai fu”

Excerpts from Semele                                 
            Accompagnato: “Awake Saturnia”
            Aria: “Iris, hence away”

Concerto in F Major, Op. 8/3 (“Autumn” from The Four Seasons)
            Allegro
            Adagio molto
            Allegro 

Excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice  
            Accompagnato: “Ecco un nuovo tormento”
            Aria: “Che farò senza Euridice?”       

“Ho il cor già lacero” from Griselda                                                                       

Intermission

Concerto in E Minor, Op. 6/3: Allegro

“Where Shall I Fly?” from Hercules

Arianna a Naxos                                                                          

George Frideric Handel
(1685–1759)



Handel

 

Antonio Vivaldi
(1678–1741)




Christoph Willibald Gluck
(1714–1787)

Vivaldi

 


Handel

Handel

Franz Joseph Haydn
(1732–1809)


Notes on the Program

A successful hunt requires both hunter and hunted. So, too, with a musical program devoted to this particular activity, whose particulars may change from age to age just as artistic tastes shift from one generation to another. Autumn Hunt thus begins with a hunter: Serse, King of Persia (Xerxes in English), whose ode to a beloved plane tree at the beginning of Handel’s eponymous 1738 opera is really a song about unrequited love. The hunter, in this case, can only pine after his prey. In Semele (1743), on the other hand, the goddess Juno is enraged to learn at the beginning of Act II that Semele has taken up with Jupiter instead of Athamas, whose marriage to Semele Juno had already blessed. Vowing to destroy Jupiter, Juno sends the messenger Iris away brusquely (“Iris, hence away”) so that she can plot revenge on the happy couple, which involves enlisting Somnus, the god of sleep, in the hunt for the doomed Semele.

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