February 28, 2015 7:30 PM
Morrison High School Auditorium
Brahms: Tragic Overture, op. 81
Mozart: Voi che sapete from
Marriage of Figaro
Rodgers and Hammerstein:
In My Own Little Corner from
Alice Lind, soprano
Ibert: Concertino da camera
- Second Movement -
Colleen Elfline, saxophone
Dvořák: Symphony No 6
in D minor, Op 60
Allegro non tanto
Scherzo (Furiant), Presto
Finale, Allegro con spirito
One of the most successful collaborations of composer and lyricist in Broadway history is that of Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). Together, they earned over forty-five awards from various prestigious organizations such as the Academy Awards (15), Tony Awards (35), Pulitzer Prizes (2), Grammy Awards (2), and Emmy Awards (2).
Before joining forces with Hammerstein, Rodgers had had a string of successes with lyricist Lorenz Hart from a body of more than forty shows and film scores. Hammerstein, for his part, had worked his lyrical charms with operetta composers, including Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg, and Vincent Youmans. When these two men began working as a team, they were already well-established voices on the Broadway musical scene.
Oklahoma was the first of a succession of hit Broadway musicals from the duo which was followed by Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and the most popular of all their shows The Sound of Music. Among these treasures, Rodgers and Hammerstein also found time to write a film musical State Fair and a television show Cinderella.
Cinderella premiered on CBS television on March 31, 1957, with Julie Andrews as Cinderella. Both Andrews and Rodgers were nominated for Emmies as Best Actress and Best Musical Contribution for Television, respectively. Since that first TV production, the piece has undergone revisions and produced twice more for television, in 1965 and 1997.
A stage version of Cinderella was launched on Broadway in January 2013, with a revised book by Douglas Carter Beane. The stage production is now on tour across the country with scheduled performances through March 2016.
The score for Cinderella offers some of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's most recognizable songs including three superlative ones: In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It's Impossible, and Ten Minutes Ago.
Our Young Artist Soloist Alice Lind of Clinton will perform In My Own Little Corner.