It can be difficult to understand, and therefore appreciate, classical music without some background about the composer and the time during which he lived. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra wants to demystify classical music, in a relaxed, informal setting, for those who are new to it or want to learn more.
“Inside the Music” is a series of events hosted by the ESO, each of which focuses on a composer and one of his famous works. On Friday, March 31 at 8 pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin, the ESO will explore Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
At age 6, Brahms created a simple method of composing to write down his musical ideas. He began piano lessons at age seven, and made his piano performance debut at age ten. Being a perfectionist, it took him 21 years to compose his first symphony. He was a respected and popular composer during his lifetime, and created a varied catalog of music for symphony orchestra, chamber groups, piano, and voice.
Brahms’ fourth and final symphony is considered a ground-breaking, important work. He began with traditional classical structures of his heroes, Bach and Beethoven, and created unique, bold innovations. Brahms influenced composers like Dvorak and Elgar, in addition to contemporary musicians like Perry Como, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, and Santana, who have used elements of his compositions in their own work. The rock group Yes wrote Cans and Brahms based on the third movement of Brahms’ fourth symphony.
Music Director Andrew Grams, winner of the 2015 Conductor of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, will examine this Brahms masterwork using visuals and musical excerpts played by the ESO. After intermission, the orchestra will perform the entire work, allowing the audience to experience a deeper connection to the music after learning what makes it so special. For more information, please contact:
Elgin Symphony Orchestra
20 Dupage Ct.
Elgin, IL 60120
Box Office: 847-888-4000