The Musical Offering's ensemble-in-residence for the 2018-19 school year, the Ursa Ensemble, will be giving three all-ages concerts on the theme of French history at the MO this year.
Friday, September 28 @ 7:30pm: The French Revolution
In this season’s exploration of France’s profound influence of music, Ursa Ensemble will highlight the impact the French Revolution had on music. A movement as powerful as this didn’t stop at the borders of France, and neither will Ursa’s repertoire! Listen to works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and more as Ursa links this music to timely topics such as Human Rights, Class struggle, and Citizenship.
Sunday, February 17 @ 7:30pm: Les Six
Travel back to a Salon Concert in 1920’s Paris for an in-depth look at a Les Six. These creative thinkers broke from the prevailing composition styles of the day. Working together or working alone, this group curated salon-style performances to premier their neo-classical, adorable, satirical, or comical pieces. Join us as we perform works by Tailleferre, Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, Auric, and Durey.
Saturday, May 25 @ 7:30pm: Vive Nadia!
In their season long French Exploration, Ursa turns their attention to one individual who, despite having few compositions of her own, helped shape the course of modern music as a teacher. This program spans multiple continents as Ursa surveys the students, family, and life of Nadia Boulanger. Join us for works by Astor Piazzolla, Philip Glass, Aaron Copland and more as we meditate on the amazing role one pedagogue had on an entire generation of composers.