Dr. Serge Koussevitzky is to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fourth concert in its Sanders Theatre series tomorrow evening a night o'clock. The concert opens with Tchatkovsky's Overture-Fantasia, "Romeo and Juliet," composed rather early in the great Russian's life and at the suggestion of his friend and follow musician Balakirev. It portrays the struggle between the two families with its tragic outcome, and uses different tonalities to express the various episodes in the story. Also on the various episodes in the story. Also on the program is the 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in D minor by the late nineteenth century American composer, Edward MacDowell, Mr. Howard Goding is to be the soloist. MacDowell, a pupil of Joachim Raff, wrote this work while staying at Wiesbaden in the summer of 1885, and although most of his compositions were in the line of tone painting, he deviated from his usual course in making this particular Concerto unrelated to any program material. Soon after he had completed this, he came to Boston, where he lived for many years. The final number on the program is the Cesar Franck Symphony in D minor which was played at the Boston concerts a few weeks ago.
Work by Arthur Foote
The week-end concerts in town include this same MacDowell concerto as well as a Suite in D major by the American composer. Arthur Foote '74, and Brahm's Fourth Symphony. Mr. Foote has for many years been closely connected with the music here at Harvard and has written several textbooks which are in use in the department. He has been composing all his life, and this Suite in E major is one of his more recent productions. Of the magnificent Brahms Symphony, little need be said except "Don't miss it!" During the holidays, the regular Friday and Saturday concerts fall on December 24 and 26, and January 1 and 2. Gregor Piatigorsky is to be the soloist at the former pair and Sergei Rachmaninoff at the latter.
Handel's great oratorio, the "Messiah," is being given by the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony Hall on Sunday evening, December 20. For those who will be around Boston at that time and have not heard this famous work, here is an excellent opportunity to hear a good performance.