Sinfonietta DuPage presents spring concert April 30

Join the Sinfonietta DuPage for its spring concert featuring guest bassist Andrew Anderson, acting assistant principal bass in the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago.

Enjoy the orchestra as it explores the Bass Concerto for Orchestra by Johann Baptist Vanhal, as well as works by Norbert Burgmüller, Maria Theresia von Paradis, and Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Peace Church, 21W500 Butterfield Road, Lombard. There is ample intimate seating.

Tickets are available only at the door. Admission is $22 or $12 for students and seniors. Parking is free.

Information can be found through the Sinfonietta DuPage’s Facebook page.

Norbert Burgmüller (1810-36) was a fresh and inventive composer and had he lived longer, he would have reached a high place in his art. The great composer and music critic Robert Schumann spoke highly of Burgmüller in his “Neuve Zeitshrift für Musik,” writing a memorial saying “ that since the early death of Schubert, nothing more deplorable had happened than the death Burgmüller.”

Sinfonie No. 2 is one of two symphonies composed by Burgmüller and was unfortunately left unfinished.

Sinfonietta DuPage conductor Dan D’Andrea has chosen to perform the last movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 8 in place of the missing final movement of the Burgmüller Sinfonia No. 8 comes from a group of 13 symphonies that Mendelssohn wrote between the ages of 12 and 14. Sinfonietta DuPage will perform the version re-orchestrated with the addition of winds.

Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) was an Austrian musician and composer who lost her sight at an early age. She was a highly skilled pianist and was reported to have learned over 60 concertos by heart, as well as a large repertoire of solo and religious works. When composing, she used a composition board invented by Riedinger, and for correspondence the hand-printing machine invented by Wolfgang von Kempelen. In 1808, she founded her own music school in Vienna, where she taught singing, piano and theory to young girls. Sinfonietta DuPage will perform her Overture to Der Schulkandidat, orchestrated by Mendelssohn.

Concerto for Double Bass by Vanhal features guest soloist Andrew Anderson. Anderson has held positions in 12 different orchestras across seven states, serving as principal bass in four of them. He has teaching positions at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Wheaton Conservatory.

Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813) was a Czech classical music composer and performer, enjoying great success throughout Europe. His music was well respected by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and National Endowment for the Arts.

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