The Great Outdoors

May 12, 2018 7:30 PM at First Church, Boston

Our season finale celebrates the Great Outdoors, with music inspired by nature.

Charles Tomlinson Griffes’s exquisite Three Tone-Pictures are based on poems by W. B. Yeats and E. A. Poe. The vision for Adrienne Elisha’s Indigo Sun was first “sparked” at sunset on the island of Elba, Italy, inspired by the beauty, symbolism and qualities of color and light. Grieg beautifully evokes an Evening in the Mountains with a plaintive oboe solo against a background of strings and horn. Copland’s Appalachian Spring concerns a pioneer celebration in spring around a newly built farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the last century. It culminates joyfully with the Shaker melody “Simple Gifts.”

And we’ll be presenting a brand-new work by Robert Edward SmithSpringtime in Boston celebrates three of his favorite outdoor spaces: the Commonwealth Mall, the Public Garden and the Esplanade.


 Griffes, Charles Tomlinson: Three Tone Pictures, Op. 5 (The Lake at Evening; The Vale of Dreams; The Night Winds)

Elisha, Adrienne: Indigo Sun

Robert Edward Smith: Springtime in Boston

Grieg, Edvard: Evening in the Mountains

Copland, Aaron: Appalachian Spring