Telling Tales

Saturday, November 2, 2019 — The Klein Memorial Auditorium


On November 2nd, we plunged into the Romantic music of the late nineteenth century with a contemporary twist! We heard Antonin Dvorak’s gorgeous Moravian duets in the world premiere of a modern orchestration of these songs by Lembit Beecher, extended with a new fable of modern love by Jazimina MacNeil. Jazimina and Sarah Shafer sang these beautiful songs and our very special guest, Keir Dullea, provided the narration.

Our concert also included Johannes Brahms’ majestic Fourth Symphony, the summation of his great orchestral works. By turns lyrical, monumental, melodic, and extremely dramatic, the symphony has both Brahms’ characteristic blend of classical structures and Romantic expression.

The Program

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) – Lembit Beecher
Love Like Water

A modern folk tale written by Jazimina MacNeil based on Antonin Dvořák’s Moravian Duets for two voices and piano, orchestrated with new music by Lembit Beecher.

With Sarah Shafer, Soprano, Jazimina MacNeil, Mezzo-Soprano, and Keir Dullea, Narrator

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98

Responses from the Audience

You took a chance with this selection well done!! Enjoyed the performance!!

The orchestra musicians are performing at the highest level I have ever heard them. Exquisite interpretation and execution. They flourish and soar under Eric Jacobsen’s baton.


Thank you for all you do to keep the music coming. Programming has been creative and wonderful and I love it! Classics and contemporary pieces. Orchestra sounds wonderful.


Loved the arrangement of the Beecher piece. Truly enjoy the classics with a modern accent!

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