Excerpt from The Boston Globe Calendar, Arts Section, By Leslie Anderson
November 28, 2002
Sounds, sights to set the holiday mood
TONE DIARY - Nearly every member of the Metrowest Youth Symphony
Orchestra has read "The Diary of Anne Frank." Now they are about to perform it.
On Dec. 8, the 30 teenage musicians will present "Elegy for Anne
Frank" by Lukas Foss, a rarely performed tone poem for orchestra and piano
that concludes with readings from Frank's diary about life in hiding from the Nazis.
"All of them were familiar with her story, and they're about the same
age group, and I wanted them to make that connection with history," said
music director Gilbert Trout, who will conduct the concert at MassBay Community
College, 19 Flagg St., Framingham.
"I wanted them to know that music is current. It's not a spectator
sport. It's an emotional commitment."
The free concert begins at 3 p.m. and includes Christoph W. von Gluck's Dance
of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus, with solo flutist Shaylan Campbell of
Hopedale, and Franz Schubert's Unfinished Symphony No. 8.
For more information, visit the orchestra's Web site at www.MetYSO.org.
Foss's composition illustrates the playfulness of a young girl and the daily
ennui of living confined to an attic. Slowly, one can hear the infiltration of
the Nazis, ending with a twisted version of the Nazi national anthem.
"Right at the climax of that, everything stops and the narration
begins," said Trout, whose mother survived the Holocaust by hiding in an
attic in Brussels. Daniel Jones will play the piano solo, and Adrienne Boris
will read excerpts from the text. Both teens live in Medfield.
Trout, who studied music composition under Foss, said the orchestra plans to
write a letter to the 80-year-old composer describing their experience playing
his music. "I want them to know that composers are living people,"Foss said.