Preview: Columbus Symphony’s String Summit

From the October 20, 2011 edition

Right now the Columbus Symphony’s trumpet players are likely lounging on a beach, the flautists frolicking in the surf and the trombonists teaming up for sand volleyball. The orchestra’s wind and brass players are on vacation during this weekend’s “String Summit” concert, which features the string and percussion sections.

The concert kicks off with Bela Bartok’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta,” an eerie modern work that Stanley Kubrick used as part of the soundtrack for “The Shining.” The third movement’s arrhythmic xylophone and timpani duet and ominous high-pitched runs in the violins set the mood for Halloween far better than “Monster Mash.”

Also on the program are Samuel Barber’s somber, beautiful “Adagio for Strings” and “Serenade” (after Plato’s “Symposium”) by Leonard Bernstein. “Serenade,” inspired by Plato’s philosophical dialogues about love, is essentially a violin concerto, and esteemed violinist Rachel Barton Pine will woo the audience with her lyricism.