Symphony Joslyn

Schumann Symphony No. 2

Joslyn Art Museum

March 15, 2020

Music for royalty starts this program, with Handel’s Water Music created literally to row King George I up and down the Thames! Dvorak’s Wind Serenade feels just as regal, with rhythmic, driving lines matched against light, airy melodies. Schumann balances solemn, moving strings and delicate trumpet work with powerful moments of joy and energy. The second movement Scherzo will remind you that he had a gift of writing things that sound simple, and yet are fiendishly difficult. Virtuosic ensemble work of the highest order – a true feature for the entire Omaha Symphony.


Gallery talks presented by Joslyn curators at 1 and 1:25 p.m. prior to the concert.

Donald Judd (American, 1928-1994)
brass and blue anodized aluminum
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Museum purchase, 1984.16

Judd's ideas about art developed in a period when American artists were intensely involved in rethinking the fundamentals. Every aspect of art, from its conception, logic, and materials to its environment, was questioned. Judd, in particular, was anxious to divorce his work from what he considered traditional conventions, such as compositional arrangement and allusion to the natural world. Judd's constructions are carefully composed so that materials support themselves and are equal in emphasis to the form rather than subservient or added to it. One is acutely aware of the properties of Judd's materials--their mass, their sheen, their tensile strength, their hardness, their color. In looking at his works, we are directly involved with the physical object—a virtuosic work of the highest order!


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