Orchestra seeking suggestions for opening concert

July 24, 2018


This could be the monster of all symphonies.

At least, that’s what Jere Lantz hopes.

Lantz, director of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, is soliciting entries for a Frankenstein-like piece of music he intends to create for the season-opening concerts Oct. 13-14.

“We will stitch together a symphony by putting together all kinds of pieces of music that don’t have anything to do with each other,” Lantz said.

To do that, he said, “We need all people who care about music in Rochester to send in what they think ought to be part of the stitched-together symphony.”

Entries so far have included “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” as well as more traditional movements from well-known symphonies.

“I want to have things that will jar when placed next to each other,” Lantz said. “Beethoven-Mozart-Brahms would be too bland.” And, that would take all the fun out of this exercise.

Besides, Lantz doesn’t want anything quite that traditional.

The stitched-together symphony will take up the entire second-half of the concert. The first half will include a new work, “Frankenstein,” by Rochester composer Sebastian Modarelli, as well as “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saens.

Meanwhile, Lantz is looking for the right combination of outlandish suggestions for his project. The symphony could run as long as 40 or 45 minutes. “We won’t be limited to the standard four movements of a symphony,” he said.

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15, which will give Lantz time to start putting the piece together and teach it to the orchestra.

“We want everybody to come with an open mind,” he said of the concert. “This is meant to be fun and games.”

To suggest a piece of music for the stitched-together symphony, go to rochestersymphony.org/frankenstein.

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