The spring concerts conclude a stellar 26 th season for FBSO. In
every concert, the orchestra and chorus have celebrated the wonders and the diversity that make up this American land we call home. For these final concerts, FBSO teams up with a source of national pride right here in Houston – NASA.
On Saturday evening at 7, the Fort Bend Symphony Chorus, now in its second year, visits the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, a perfect venue for their season finale, “Out of the Stars: Songs of Creation”. This free concert celebrates heaven, earth and everything in between, through a selection of musical works that is truly breathtaking.
The program begins with music that focuses around stars and planets. Daniel Elder’s arrangement of “Twinkle, Twinkle”, the children’s folk song, is a sparkling open to the concert. The celestial theme continues with “Choose Something Like a Star”, the beloved Robert Frost poem set to music by Randall Thompson. Houston’s own
David Ashley White penned “The Blue Estuaries: Evening-Star”. Vince Peterson’s arrangement of Erika Lloyd’s “Cells Planets” finishes the heavenly tour.
FBSOC addresses the area in between heaven and earth with Paul Winter’s “Mystery”, a beautiful, lyrical poem to the multitude of miracles that make up our daily lives. “Past Life Melodies”, a highly-acclaimed choral work written by Sarah Hopkins for her father…“At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”, Willametta Spencer’s adaptation of the sonnet by John Donne…and Paul Halley’s adaptation of the Gregorian chant “Ubi Caritas” (Where There is Love) bring the audience back to Earth.
And on earth, we address our challenges. Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song” is a cry for peace in a world torn apart by strife. Vocal ensembles around the world have performed the flowing melodies of “Sure on this Shining Night” by Morten Lauridsen. “Kasar mie la gaji” (the earth is tired) is written in African dialect by one of the leading personalities in the world of contemporary Venezuelan music, Alberto Grau. And finally, “Lay Earth’s Burden Down” by Caldwell and Ivory is a concert work based on a traditional spiritual encouraging us to restore our planet through environmental advocacy and repair. This will truly be a concert to remember! No tickets are required; it is a free concert.
And on Sunday afternoon, FBSO closes their season with a breathtaking performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. The female members of the FBSOC join the orchestra for this concert. A space-themed video created by the art design students of Harmony Science Academy Houston will be projected during the concert.
“The Planets” is a seven-movement orchestral suite, with each movement named after a planet in our solar system. Each movement conveys the ideas and emotions associated with the planets on the psyche through its corresponding astrological character. Almost 100 years later, it remains Holst’s most popular work, and one of the best-known pieces of classical music.
There will be science and space-related activities for families and children during intermission. We encourage you to bring your family to these two intriguing, entertaining performances.