LFCO: Mysterious Mountain

Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, IL

Mysterious Mountain The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra celebrates its 33rd year running! It is a true community chamber orchestra bringing professional and accomplished amateur musicians from the area. The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra has made it possible for people of all ages to use their musical talents and training throughout their lives.

This October, the LFCO explores musical works inspired by mountains and majesty. One of the most well-known works in the repertoire, Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” is a terrifying depiction of the rise of the demon Chernobog over the Bald Mountain on St John’s Night. Richard Wagner used the mountains of Asgard as the setting for the Gods’ fortress, Valhalla, in his epic operatic cycle The Ring of the Nibelung. The mountain Blaník is such a significant landmark in the Czech landscape that it inspired the finale to Smetana’s set of symphonic poems known as Ma Vlast (My Homeland). And Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness has an entirely different take on the mountains in his Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain, which combines meditative serenity and a driving energy.

Program Smetana – Blaník Mussorgsky – A Night on Bald Mountain Wagner – The God’s Entry to Valhalla from Das Rheingold Hovhaness – Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain”