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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2019 11:55 am

It should be a grand finale to the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale’s masterworks series with Saturday’s “Pines of Rome”

The piece is a four-movement symphonic poem written in 1924 by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.

The concert opens with “Rain On It” a piece by American composer Kristen Kuster, composed in honor of her father, a meteorologist.

Press information quotes Kuster on the piece. “I love rain. . . In this music, I freeze an instant of imagined rain, fully static, non-passing, and still. Yet I stretch and dwell within this moment to capture a mood, which celebrates the relentless intensity of time…After the rain, there is newness and joy.”

Two performances for alto saxophone will follow. “Romance for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra” by William Grant Still and the concerto “Rush” by Kenneth Fuchs.

Timothy McAllister, the featured multiple Grammy award-winning saxophonist, recently recorded this work with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The concert finale of “Pines of Rome” is an ode to nature and the iconic landscapes of the glorious city, organizers detail.

Respighi’s work has thrilled audiences with its vivid colors and dramatic conclusion since its premier in 1924. The composition follows four movements, all performed continuously without interruption to mimic the continuity of nature.

The composition takes listeners along various places throughout Rome, following the course of a typical Roman day. This begins with children playing near the Villa Borghese and concluding with an ancient Roman army rising to triumph in the misty sunrise near the Appian Way. The piece includes an impressive amount of percussion. Aside from its rich colors and superb orchestration, Pines of Rome was groundbreaking. It was one of the first pieces to use electronic sounds in its orchestration.

Respighi was a violinist and lived 1879 to 1936. He also wrote a number of operas with the most famous being “La fiamma.” Learn more about his life and many works at britannica.com/biography/Ottorino-Respighi

Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at mosc.org. Student tickets are free with a paying adult or valid college ID.

 “Pines of Rome” is sponsored by Dr. James and Sharon Humphreys.

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