Music Heals

Playlist #8 from LGSO's Hannah Hermann

Inspired from our friends in the Johnstown Symphony in Western Pennsylvania, we offer playlists of music that have proved meaningful to LGSO musicians and audience during this challenging time. There are two ways to participate:

Listen: playlists will arrive in LGSO emails. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Submit: click here to let us know what pieces have inspired you during this time.
I was first introduced to this piece by playing it with the LGSO a few years back. It absolutely puts a smile on my face every time I hear it, and I hope it does for you as well! There are some excellent piccolo solos in this, which in my opinion, sells the piece!
The first time I listened to this piece, the beginning of the movement stopped me in my tracks. It is so intensely gorgeous, just a wash of sound that draws the listener in. The movement as a whole carries the listener through so many emotions - it's hard to believe it can be contained in a piece under eight minutes long.
This piece is such a mesh of music and memory for me. When I was 16, I had the opportunity to travel to China and South Korea with Midwest Young Artists. Few things compare to playing a powerful piece like this one with some of your very best friends while touring two beautiful countries! The Andante in the first movement brings the listener to such a place of rest, that when the Allegro begins it's as though you've lost all sensation of the world - it's just you and the music, and you're willing to follow it wherever it leads you.