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Modern Romance

February 8, 2025 @ 7:30 pm - February 9, 2025 @ 2:30 pm

The MSO’s February concert opens with Steve Reich’s groundbreaking Clapping Music, a minimalist marvel that challenges conventional notions of rhythm and ensemble performance. Featuring precise handclap patterns that gradually shift and evolve, Reich’s composition mesmerizes with its hypnotic simplicity and intricate rhythmic interplay. Speaking of rhythm, we next present Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists, starring our own Principal Timpanist Laura Noah alongside guest percussionist Peter Ferry. Glass’s mesmerizing concerto is a rhythmic blast, showcasing the timpani’s versatility and expressive power in a dialogue that spans resonant depths and ethereal heights.

The concert concludes with a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Many musicians list this piece among their favorites to perform, and it’s easy to hear why: Prokofiev’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story unfolds with vivid orchestral colors and emotional intensity, driving the iconic tale with passion and turmoil. From the tender Balcony Scene to the fiery Death of Tybalt, our orchestra brings Prokofiev’s evocative melodies to life, immersing our audience in a torrent of love, fate, danger and beauty.


Scott Speck, conductor
Laura Noah and Peter Ferry, timpani



Steve Reich: Clapping Music

Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra (Laura Noah and Peter Ferry, timpani)

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet                                                                                                        


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February 8, 2025 @ 7:30 pm
February 9, 2025 @ 2:30 pm


Saenger Theatre
6 South Joachim Street
Mobile, AL 36602 United States
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