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Masterworks IV – February 15, 2019

Jonathan Bergeron, alto saxophone soloist

Johann Sebastian Bach  – Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 tr. by Sir Edward Elgar
Alexander Glazunov – Saxophone Concerto in E flat major, op 109 (Jonathan Bergeron, Saxophone)
Claude Debussy – Petite Suite
Paul Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Bach’s organ Fantasia and Fugue was transcribed for orchestra by British composer Elgar “to show how gorgeous and great and brilliant he would have made himself sound if he had had our means.” The saxophone concerto by Glazunov, described as “a free rhapsody,” is played by Flagstaff’s Jonathan Bergeron, Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University.  Debussy’s Petite Suite was first performed in 1889 by Debussy and Jacques Durandits simplicity is in stark contrast with the modernist works that he was writing at the time. Hindemith arranged piano music by Weber for a ballet; it was later choreographed as the well-known “Metamorphoses” by George Balanchine for the New York City Ballet.

***Unfortunately the originally scheduled program has been edited. The Bayres Horns will not be able to attend and perform the Carl Heinrich Hübler, Concerto for Four Horns in F major. Our apologies for the change.