Beethoven Symphony No.6
By Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jay Trottier.
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I am a Child of God
Cybele D’Ambrosio Violinist & Ed Tretriluxana Vocalist
The Edgemont Overture
lead by guest conductor Max Adams
Romance No. 2 in F
by Soloist Cybele D’Ambrosio
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Symphony No. 6
by Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra
About Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6
The popularity of Symphony No. 6 is doubtless due in part to the vividness of its evocation of nature. Beethoven offered explicit clues to the extra-musical meanings of the five movements, but he also emphasized that the symphony constituted “more the expression of feeling than painting”, and the picturesque touches – birdsong and rippling water in the second movement, thunder and torrential rain in the fourth, shepherds’ pipes in the finale – should not be allowed to divert all our attention from the sheer musical skill shown here by a great composer at the peak of his powers.
In strong contrast with the sudden thematic jabs and cataclysms of its predecessor in the Fifth Symphony, the first movement of the Sixth proceeds in broad, sustained paragraphs, cumulative rather than histrionically convulsive in effect. These grand stretches of music tend to be repeated several times at different pitches, like the changing vistas of a countryside scene, say, from varying angles as we climb a hill.
Such is the inner strength of these quiet processes that it is surprising to note, in retrospect, how lightly most of the symphony is scored. Beethoven, indeed, marshals his orchestral forces with unfailing care for the long line of the work. In the first two movements, apart from the regular woodwinds (and with the embellishment of two muted solo cellos in the Scene by the brook), the strings are reinforced only by the horns. To these modest resources, even the lusty peasants’ dance of the third movement adds no more than a pair of trumpets. It is not until the Storm requires them that piccolo, trombones, and timpani make their delayed and thus highly dramatic appearance in the symphony; and of these additions, only the trombones (this time for solemn rather than vehement purposes) are retained in the concluding Shepherds’ hymn.
Jay Trottier, Music Director
One only needs a brief conversation or a snippet of rehearsal to recognize Jay’s overwhelming passion for music. Influenced by his mother who sang in the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, he began piano lessons at the age of eight and pursued clarinet and oboe in high school and college. He exercised his vocal cords as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, as well as serving as music director of The Music Man in community productions. Jay founded and conducted the Solano Community Symphony 30 years ago, and began directing the Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Though he has been instructed by Robert Lenz, assistant director of the Utah Symphony, and Denis de Coteau, director of the San Francisco Ballet, his greatest teacher has been his heart – he simply feels music!
Jay and his wife Becky are parents of four children, and live in Fairfield, California.
Cybele D’Ambrosio, Soloist
Max Adams, Guest Conductor
As a kid, Max Adams got the autograph of his favorite cello icon, Yo-yo Ma. Ever since then he has been hooked on classical music. Although his primary instrument is the cello (see if you can spot him playing!), he has been working to expand hi musical horizons into conducting an orchestra instead of just playing in it. Studying under Maestro Trottier, he recently helped conduct Handel’s Messiah and he makes his Beethoven debut tonight with the Egmont Overture.
Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra
Audio – Grant Huberty
Lighting – Dan Ellefson
Technical Manager – Harold Waters
Board of Directors
Michael Linney – President
Max Adams – Treasurer
Robert Dellenbach – Secretary
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