Topeka
Topeka

Who Am I, and Where Am I Going?

  • 2100 SE 29th, Topeka, KS 66605
  • (785) 232-2032
  • Location: Topeka Symphony
  • Time: 19:30:00

Humperdinck — Hansel and Gretel Prelude
Barber — Knoxville — Summer of 1915
with Jennifer Forni, Soprano
Mahler — Symphony No. 4
with Jennifer Forni, Soprano

 

At this concert, we pose these giant philosophical questions and hear artists’ responses through poetry and prose, nostalgia and naiveté, and some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies ever written for orchestra. We begin our concert with the prelude from the opera Hansel and Gretel, a tale which has at its heart the questions, “Who am I? Where am I going?” Then we move to Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a reflective meditation on childhood, nostalgia, and self-awareness. Finally, we take on Gustav Mahler’s arresting and gorgeous Fourth Symphony, which muses on joy and innocence but gives way to much deeper and darker existential musings on life and death.

Who Am I, and Where Am I Going?