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2015 Winter Concert

Haydn's Distant Cousins

Mina Zikri Conducts the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra
Special Appearance by Distant Brothers

Luther Memorial Church
2500 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

This program will feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 and a special collaborative performance with folk-rock band Distant Brothers.

There will also be a beer tasting with Lagunitas Brewery from 6:30-7:15PM in Luther Memorial's gym, complementary with the purchase of your concert ticket. The two types of beer offered will be Lagunitas' IPA and the Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Attendees (over 21) to the tasting are welcome to bring a beer up to the concert to enjoy!



About Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn 1732-1809
Across the centuries a mere handful of composers can be considered authentic giants whose gifts changed the course of musical history. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was the first super-force in music and Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the second such genius to attain irrefutable immortality.

He is regarded as the both Father of the Symphony and the Father of the String Quartet. Haydn, however, did not invent the symphony. He transformed a moribund 18th Century wimp into a monumental and muscular force. He wrote 104 of them, making his student Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine seem like an underachievement. Nor did Haydn invent the string quartet. He merely took this undernourished musical stepchild and lifted it to the mountaintop of great art. In addition Haydn appears to be the first composer to inject folk song music into his melodies, making it appropriate to pare the master with the up and coming folk group Distant Brothers for an evening.  

Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D, “London,” op. 98.

Written during two visits to London in 1791 and again in 1794, the six “London” Symphonies represent the crown jewels of Haydn’s symphonic works. “The whole nineteenth century,” wrote Karl Geiringer, “beginning with Beethoven and ending with Brahms, …drew … rich inspiration from Haydn’s last… symphonies.” The first movement of the 104th is a fanfare for full orchestra. In the second the melody soars with a freedom and vitality rarely heard in a classical symphony. The third movement, a minuet, combines peasant vigor with a touch of humor. The finale is a rhythmic dance of great dexterity.

Distant Brothers

Distant Brothers, a Chicago based folk-rock band, blends four very different voices (guitar, banjo, ukelele, mandolin, piano, and percussion)  into a rich eclectic harmony. Bringing people together with music is a passion of the brothers, not only during their shows, but also in the composition of their worldly pieces. 

 For more information on Distant Brothers, check out the Distant Brothers on Facebook.

Earlier Event: February 14
Thomas Nickell & the Oistrakh
Later Event: March 15
DePaul Community Chorus