Natural Wonder

Nov 20, 2023


In Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, birds warble, peasants party and a thunderstorm rages across the countryside. The music was inspired by Beethoven’s own walks outside Vienna. Gabriella Smith’s Tumblebird Contrails captures her feelings of ecstasy and wonder as she hiked along the rugged California coastline. The vast, arching melodies of Hovhaness’ Mysterious Mountain suggest metaphorical summits — where “the mundane and spiritual worlds” are said to meet.

Tickets are free, $5 fee applies.

This program will also be performed at Senn High School on November 19. Learn more »


Tumblebird Contrails


Symphony No. 2 (Mysterious Mountain), Op. 132


Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)


The 2023/24 Civic Orchestra season is generously sponsored by Lori Julian for the Julian Family Foundation, which also provides major funding for the Civic Fellowship program.