The Gadsden Symphony Orchestra plans a trip around the world at 2 p.m. Sunday, and everybody is invited.
Yes, it’s a metaphorical, musical trip at Wallace Hall, but don’t be disappointed: It sounds like it’ll be a good one.
The show includes music that meshes folk and dancing from a variety of exotic locales, including compositions by Mozart (Germany), Tchaikovsky (Russia), Marquez (Mexico) and several others, including American composer Aaron Copland. What’s especially interesting about the show’s lineup is that many of the composers were drawing inspiration from countries foreign to them: Tchaikovsky’s suite includes music drawing on the folk music of his native Russia, sure, but also Chinese and Arabic influences, among others.
“Some of the elements of that music make it so familiar,” said Mike Gagliardo, GSO music director.
Dance plays into the theme in two ways: One, it’s a common element to the music. Much of the selections were written for dancing, like Copland’s “Rodeo” hoedown, and Tchaikovsky’s suite is pulled from his infamous “Nutcracker” ballet. The other dance element is much more obvious: Dancers from the Downtown Dance Conservatory will join the orchestra on stage to perform to the “Nutcracker” suite.
Gagliardo said that while GSO events are always family friendly, this one is a little bit easier for kids to attend. It’s about an hour and a half long and skips the intermission, which keeps the evening from growing too long, and the show has a more familiar “concert” style set list, with compositions clocking in between 5 and 10 minutes, instead of lengthier works.
Not least of all, the material is familiar orchestral repertoire, Gagliardo explained, with a bit of a global twist.
“Some of the elements of this music make it so familiar,” he said, “but then you take some western classical music traditions and you kind of fuse them together. You’re getting elements of western classical combined with elements of folk music, and that goes all the way back to Beethoven and Mozart.”
Tickets for the program are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students; season tickets are $45. Visit wallacehall.org or get tickets at the box office up to one hour before the show. Call the box office at 256-549-8475 for more info.