MAY 14, 2022


Enrique Diemecke conductor
FSO Percussion Section

CHAVEZ Toccata for Percussion
RESPIGHI Gli Uccelli (The Birds)
STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Suite

Toccata for Percussion Instruments was written in 1942 by Mexican composer Carlos Chávez. This toccata is unique in that it was one of the first major pieces written for percussion ensemble, becoming a cornerstone in rhythmic music. Toccata is a melodic, textural, and colorful composition that harkens to the root of the toccare, or "to touch." Chávez's piece displays the individual touch an artist can put on any given performance. This unique piece takes the listener on an unexpected journey utilizing the percussion ensemble's many colors and moods.

Ottorino Respighi attempted to transcribe birdsong into musical notation for his piece The Birds. Additionally, the listener may hear musical representations of bird actions, like fluttering wings and scratching claws. Each movement focuses on different bird species, including doves, hens, nightingales, and cuckoos. Close your eyes and observe the beauty and quirkiness of a colorful aviary filled with feathered friends.

Stravinsky's beloved Firebird was written as a ballet for the 1920 season of Sergei Diaghilev's famous Ballets Russes. It was an immediate success, and it was Stravinsky's first professional breakthrough and the beginning of an ongoing partnership with Diaghilev. Stravinsky's inventive, virtuosic use of orchestral colors and abrupt, repetitive rhythms take audiences on an unprecedented sound journey. The Firebird's story draws characters from several Russian folklore sources; however, the Firebird herself is a magical creature who ultimately saves the hero from peril.


Jean Craig Flynn
Mrs. Linda LeMieux
Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala
Dr. Mark & Genie Plucer
David & Heidi Wharton
Tom Glasscock & Helen Bas

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