Local Music Expert Richard LeSueur Discusses The Ann Arbor Symphony’s Upcoming Concert – “The Rite Of Spring”

Monday September 16, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This Saturday (September 21) the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra kicks off a season of musical delights at the Michigan Theater with a stirring performance of Stravinsky’s famous Rite Of Spring and other musical masterpieces. Learn more about the meaning, history and importance of these works when local music expert Richard LeSueur presents this fascinating pre-concert lecture with recorded music.

Richard will focus on Rite Of Spring which caused a major sensation at its premiere a century ago, but will also explain the background and importance of:
• Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, which, since its 1956 premiere, has been one of the most recognizable overtures in the repertoire, a light-hearted start to a musical written just a year before West Side Story;
• Hometown Grammy-Winning composer William Bolcom’ s Commedia for “Almost” 18th Century Orchestra - a ten-minute piece packed with a medley of themes integrating an early orchestra sound through musical quotes;
• Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, “Unfinished,” which is among Schubert’s most beautiful instrumental works, showcasing dramatic melody, brilliant harmony, and orchestral tone.

Richard LeSueur has lectured on many topics related to opera and vocal music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Westminster Choir College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Utah and many other institutions. He is a General Director of the Friends of Opera of the U-M and serves on the Board of Arbor Opera Theater. His reviews have been published in the journal of the Music Library Association and he is a contributor to the "New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians." His large collection of recordings and scores is internationally known.