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– Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) continues its popular IPO Reimagined virtual season with its spring concert Poetic Strings filmed in IPO’s stunning home venue, Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, available to stream April 9-23, 2021. The hour-long concert features 32 IPO string players performing American modernist composer Ruth Crawford’s Andante followed by Austrian-American composer Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. Tickets are $15 and now available at ipomusic.org.
Crawford began her studies at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago in 1921 and composed her most famous work Andante in 1931. The score is extraordinarily complex, with overlapping crescendos and diminuendos creating a sense of melody out of single pitches in each instrument.
Transfigured Night is now considered Schoenberg’s earliest, most important work. IPO’s concert title Poetic Strings is an homage to the piece, which was inspired by German poet Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name. The movement can be divided into five distinct sections which refer to the five stanzas of Dehmel’s poem, which describes a nameless man and woman walking together on a cold night.