#92 Bigger Is Better: Nature’s Vast Spaces

Take a grand orchestral tour with us through some of the biggest and best natural wonders of the world. We’ll begin by meandering down one of Bohemia’s greatest rivers, the Vltava, with one of Smetana’s most famous works, Die Moldau.

Next, we’ll explore naturalist Aldo Leopold’s idea that only a mountain has lived long enough to “listen objectively to the howl of a wolf”. We welcome local actor Bradley Greenwald as he narrates Leopold’s essay “Thinking Like a Mountain” set to Victoria Bond’s score, encouraging us to contemplate the interconnectedness of nature.

We’ll continue with the mysteriousness of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, commonly known as “Fingal’s Cave” which evokes the wilds of the Scottish coast. Finally, we’ll end a bit closer to home at one of the biggest natural wonders of all with Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Smetena, Bedrich, Die Moldau
  • Mendelsohhn, Felix, “Hebrides” Overture “Fingal’s Cave”
  • Bond, Victoria, Thinking Like a Mountain with Bradley Greenwald, narrator
  • Grofe, Ferde, Grand Canyon Suite

Dates Performed

  • November 9, 2013