Asheville Symphony spices up familiar works with Moog synthesizer

Posted on: March 15, 2013

A report in Thursday’s (3/14) Asheville Citizen (North Carolina) states, “In many ways, Saturday night’s concert by the Asheville Symphony will stick with familiar themes and works by such classical giants as Handel, Glass, Copland and Bach. But there’s a new twist that will include electronic instruments pioneered by the late Asheville inventor Robert Moog, whose groundbreaking synthesizers ushered in an era of electronic sounds. The orchestra, conducted by Daniel Meyer, opens with Handel’s ‘The Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D Minor,’ one of the composer’s best-known works. That’s followed by Phillip Glass’ ‘Violin Concerto No. 2, The American Seasons,’ written in 2009 for the violinist Robert McDuffie who was looking for a companion piece to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons.’ But unlike the Vivaldi classic in which the seasons were identified, there are no such instructions for the audience in the Glass piece. Glass also swaps the harpsichord for a synthesizer. … The final work will plug into the world of Moog. Bach’s ‘Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047’ will feature a mix of traditional symphonic instruments and Moog electronic instruments.”

Posted March 15, 2013