By Karen Budai
contributing writer 

Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert, Nov. 5


October 28, 2023

The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, will be performing on Sunday, Nov. 5, at Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Rd., Tehachapi, beginning at 4 p.m.

The program will begin with Beethoven's "Overture to Fidelio" and Joaquín Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre" featuring guitarist Jack Cimo.

Beethoven composed the first version of his only opera in 1804-1805. It was called "Leonore" and was revised twice. The final version, "Fidelio," premiered on May 23, 1814. The overture begins with a fanfare-like melody and a slow theme for the horns answered by the clarinets. The theme of the opera pairs romantic love to freedom from political tyranny and injustice. Leonore disguises herself as a man, Fidelio, to free her husband who has been imprisoned unjustly.

Joaquín Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre," featuring guitarist Jack Cimo. Rodrigo composed Fantasy for a Nobleman in 1954 and guitarist Andrés Segovia premiered the work in 1958 with the San Francisco Symphony. The concerto has three movements developed from the traditional Spanish dance forms. Although Joaquín Rodrigo was blind from age 3, he lived to be 98 years old.

After the intermission, TSO will end the concert with Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D Major, "The Haffner." The Haffner symphony was originally composed as a serenade for the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner, a friend of the family. Needing a new work for a concert, Mozart remade the six-movement serenade into a four-movement symphony. The symphony begins with a bold theme to be played with fire. The second movement is elegant with graceful melodies. The minuet is grand leading to the energetic finale. The symphony was first performed in Vienna on March 23, 1783.

Audience members may meet the director, soloist and musicians during the reception following the concert. All Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra concerts are FREE to the community.

For more information, see or call (661) 821-7511.


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