Gian Carlo Menotti, The Unicorn, The Gorgon and The Manticore
Randall Thompson, Frostiana
A Commonwealth Composer Concert
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8 pm
Second Church in Newton
60 Highland Street
West Newton 02465
Gian Carlo Menotti’s charming madrigal opera, The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore, is one of the composer’s most accomplished works. In it, he introduces us to three mythical beasts that represent three phases of life: young, middle, and old age. Under the guise of a fairy tale, he delivers a caustic critique of affectation and materialism. With a small orchestra and an engaging range of musical textures, this piece is sure to delight.
Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, commissioned for the 200th anniversary of the town of Amherst, MA, has become a classic since its debut in 1958. Frost’s seemingly simple poetry is matched by seven beautifully-crafted movements capturing both the essence and impact of the poet’s verse.