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Sun 11/21, 2021, 2:00pm
Thalia Symphony Orchestra presents
Fall 2021 Concert
Featuring music by Haydn, Ives, and Walker

Under the direction of Music Director Joseph Pollard White, Thalia Symphony returns to Town Hall with a program of music by Joseph Haydn, Charles Ives, and George Walker.


Lyric for Strings – George Walker

Symphony No. 85 ‘The Queen’ – Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 2 – Charles Ives

American composer George Walker (1922-2018) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1996, the first African-American composer to be so recognized. Lyric for Strings is a beautiful, emotionally complex piece originally written for string quartet in 1946 and later expanded for string orchestra in 1990.

In the 1780s, Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), often regarded as the “father of the symphony,” was commissioned by an orchestra in Paris to write a set of symphonies. Symphony No. 85 was premiered in 1786, with the famous Afro-French virtuoso violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges as orchestra leader. It was a particular favorite of Queen Marie Antoinette, hence the symphony’s nickname, “The Queen.”

Charles Ives (1874-1954) is the quintessential American modernist composer. His Symphony No. 2 was written before 1910 but not given a full premiere until the 1950s. He combines a love of traditional Americana with innovative, sometimes extreme, compositional techniques.

Founded in 1949, Thalia Symphony is one of Seattle’s oldest community-based performing arts organizations. Joseph Pollard White has served as Music Director since 2017.

Presented by Thalia Symphony Orchestra

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