The UMD Symphony Orchestra presents its season finale concert featuring Johann Strauss, Jr.’s, Overture to Die Fledermaus (The Bat), Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and a third musical selection to be determined.
Pulled from one of his most notable operettas, Strauss’ Overture is a soaring work that encompasses the best of the batty opera’s melodies all packed into eight minutes of farcical delight.
Over the short span of two months in 1943, Bartók composed his Concerto for Orchestra by the request of Serge Koussevitzky in memory of his late wife. While writing, Bartók was fighting a mysterious illness that ended up being leukemia, which sadly proved to be fatal. As the title implies, various instruments within the symphony orchestra are pulled out as soloists throughout the work.