Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ symphony performed Nov. 24

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Article Published: Nov. 21 | Modified: Nov. 25

The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performs works by Schubert, Williams and Brahms Sunday, Nov. 24, at Appalachian State University.

Assistant Professor Chung Park conducts.

The performance begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
The orchestra will perform Schubert’s “Symphony No. 7(8) in B Minor D. 759,” also known as the “Unfinished” symphony. Written in 1822, the symphony was first performed in 1865, 47 years after Schubert’s death.

While it’s unknown why the symphony was never completed, Schubert was known to begin compositions and set them aside. It has been speculated that Schubert intended for the symphony to be a two-movement piece or that it was “unfinished” because of his failing health.

Guest tuba player Christopher J. Blaha will join the symphony for Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra.” Blaha is an assistant professor in the Hayes School of Music.

The concerto was written in the early 1950s to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London Symphony Orchestra. It is the first major concerto written for bass tuba.

The program concludes with Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture Op. 80.” Brahms wrote the overture to thank Breslau University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. The piece incorporates student drinking songs he heard in a local tavern.

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