Coastal Symphony of Georgia 22-23 Concert

  • Coastal Symphony of Georgia
  • May 8, 2023
  • Brunswick High School Auditorium
  • 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520
  • 8:00 PM
  • $50 Adult $15 Children/Students


Something for the Dark:  Sarah Kirkland Snider
Flute Concerto in D Major:  Carl Reinecke
Symphony No. 5:  Dimitri Shostakovich

Our Spring concert brings us music of endurance and resilience.

Snider’s piece was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony in 2016 as a result of her receiving the DSO Elaine Lebenbom Award for Female Composers in 2014. She says thinking about Detroit caused her to think about resilience – what it means to endure. The music opens with a bold statement of hope in the horns and trombones, then takes us through humbling passages to a delicate tune in flute, harp and celeste, and on to a testing tumult before finding a “kind of a clear-eyed serenity – maybe even the kind of hope that endures.”

Reinecke’s work was the last concerto composed before his death in 1910.  A contemporary of Schuman, Reinecke shared his fondness for the Romantic Period.  The concerto will be performed by Les Roettges, the CSG’s Principal Flute Chair.  It allows the flutist to take center stage throughout while pairing with other orchestra members in a cheerful first movement, a slow dark second movement, and finally stirring the brass and strings into dramatic swells of harmony and texture that lead to a triumphant finale.

The evening closes with Dimitri Shostakovich’s powerful and controversial Fifth Symphony. It was written at the height of Stalin’s purges: a time of death, fear, and artistic repression; and there is a constant sense of urgency, an overwhelming sadness to the music. The public heard the symphony as an expression of the suffering to which it had been subjected; the authorities claimed they found everything in the work they had demanded of Shostakovich.