Lucas Richman

Hanukkah Festival Overture

Instrumentation3222 4331 Timp+2, Hp, strings
Length6:30 (minutes)
DifficultyFor professional orchestras to very fine youth orchestra
CommentsPerfect for Winter Holiday Concerts (Pops and Young Peoples')

It incorporates six specific tunes that either speak of the miracle of the oil that burned seven days longer than it should have or that illustrate the manner in which the holiday is celebrated today. Hanukkah, O Hanukkah, S?vivon (Hebrew for dreidle), Hanukkah and The Dreidle Song are treated in alternately classical or klezmer (traditional Jewish Eastern European) settings, leading us to the prosaic Mi Yimalel? (Who can retell the things that befell us?) and the final candle blessings, before the orchestra gallops to a rousing finish.
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HistoryThe Pacific Symphony Orchestra commissioned this work in 1994. It has been performed by over 250 orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. Lucas Richman Assistant Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor, Pasadena POPS Orchestra (CA)
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