Preserving Traditions through the Music of the Masterworks Series

December 2022
Written By: 
Jess Williard
Photographs by: 
courtesy of Long Bay Symphony

Music often takes on a narrative role, telling stories that illuminate and help preserve traditions, traditions, such as Storytellers: Preserving Traditions. In this Long Bay Symphony Masterworks Series show, featuring the Carolina Master Chorale and the Coastal Carolina University Concert Choir, composer Manuel de Falla recounts a classic Spanish tale through the music for his ballet, The Three-Cornered Hat (Suite No.1). Alexander Pushkin’s allegorical poems about romantic love inspired Igor Stravinsky to create a musical setting of The Faun and Shepherdess, while contemporary composer Meira Warshauer explores spiritual Ahavah (Love) and the dialogue of humanity’s relationship with nature from the perspective of Jewish teachings. Jennifer Higdon, one of the most prominent new composers on today’s scene, captures the intense dramatic conflict of Charles Frazier’s novel in the Suite from her operatic setting of Cold Mountain. And Richard Wagner’s picturesque interlude Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, taken from the composer’s great Ring Cycle of operas based on Nordic legend, colorfully describes the hero’s travels.

Storytellers: Preserving Traditions
January 29
Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center, 3302 Robert M Grissom Pkwy.
Sunday, 4 p.m. $28+ 
(843) 448-8379,