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- The First Day of Spring (Anderson) 02:57
- In the Steppes of Central Asia (Borodin) 08:36
- Romanian Rhapsody (Enescu) 14:00
- Le Grand Tango (Piazzolla) 11:03
Leroy Anderson was born on June 29, 1908, in Cambridge, MA. Leroy’s mother Anna gave Leroy his first piano lessons starting at age five, “as soon as his feet could reach the pedals.” One day, his parents heard Leroy playing a song on the piano quite well. However it was a song that Anna had not taught her son to play. When asked how he knew this song, Leroy replied “it’s just something I heard.”
Alexander Borodin wrote this musical poem in 1880. His notes explain: “In the silence of the monotonous steppes of Central Asia is heard the unfamiliar sound of a peaceful Russian song. From the distance we hear the approach of horses and camels and the bizarre and melancholy notes of an oriental melody. A caravan approaches, escorted by Russian soldiers, and continues safely on its way through the immense desert. It disappears slowly. The notes of the Russian and Asiatic melodies join in a common harmony, which dies away as the caravan disappears in the distance.”
This is the better known of George Enescu’s two Romanian Rhapsodies; its spirit is the dance. Enescu claimed that it was “just a few tunes thrown together without thinking about it” but his surviving sketches show that he carefully worked out the order in which the melodies should appear and the best instrumental setting for each one. It was completed on August 14, 1901, when Enescu was 19 years old. It’s 14 minutes long but stay with it. You will be rewarded!
Le Grand Tango — “El gran tango” in Spanish — is a single-movement piece for cello and piano by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. It expresses the spirit of nuevo tango (“new tango”), a melding of traditional tango rhythms and jazz-inspired syncopation. Written in 1982, Le Grand Tango was published in Paris, which explains why its title is French rather than Spanish.
2018/19 Opening Night 10/20/18
Beethoven: Overture to The Consecration of the House
Adams: The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor
2018/19 Season Finale: POPS 04/27/19
Gershwin: Catfish Row — Porgy and Bess Symphonic Suite
Williams: E.T. Theme: Adventures on Earth
Anderson: Fiddle Faddle, Syncopated Clock, Chicken Reel, First Day of Spring… and More!
2019/20 Opening Night 10/19/19
Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8
|Luosha Fang, violin/viola||04/16||Click to view in the archive|
|Andrew Price, oboe||04/23||Click to view in the archive|
|Andrew Price on REED MAKING||04/23||Click to view in the archive|
|Joy Yanai, cello||04/30||Click to view in the archive|
|Eunghee Cho & Joy Yanai, cello duo||05/07||Click to view in the archive|
|Timothy Macri, flute||05/14||Click to view in the archive|
|Spencer Aston, trumpet, and Chelsea Basler, soprano||05/21||Click to view in the archive|
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[From John P., Fanfare!] I think this new rendition of Ode to Joy by the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Beethoven’s 9th) is special, especially now.
- [editor’s note: We received 3 recommendations for this virtual performance! Now Toronto Symphony is countering with Appalachian Spring! And thank you to Ann C. for her recommendation in “Audience Picks” for The Colorado Symphony’s version of “Ode to Joy!!]
[From Karen T., staff] Here are links to upcoming “top tier” virtual programming shared by Colorado Public Radio (including MET Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, and Budapest Festival Orchestra’s “Quarantine Soirées”) And for fun, this is one of my favorite videos from the past few years: Pianist Elaine Rodrigues handles a performer’s nightmare perfectly!
[From Judy S., staff] Siren Sounds Waltz by Alma Deutscher with The Orchestra at St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall
[From Nancy C., director] YoYo Ma’s Songs of Comfort project can be found at #songsofcomfort on YouTube and Instagram. Here he is performing “Going Home” (Dvořák)
[From Kathleen A., director] Here is a little local inspiration – SouthShore Children’s chorus performing Godspell’s “Beautiful City” virtually and beautifully.
[From John P., Fanfare!] You know this was written and performed long before the current situation. Tom Lehrer’s “I got it from Agnes.” What goes around comes around!
[From Christine M., director] Some classical music you might not be aware of! André Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra perform Anthony Hopkin’s “And The Waltz Goes On.” And a little background.
[From Paul P., director] This is the BBC’s release of “God Only Knows.” It’s amazing to see and hear such beauty when people work together. And — for a marriage of symphony & rock — here is London Philharmonic performing Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”. I remember seeing Led Zeppelin at the Boston Garden… awesome concert.
[From Karl H.] This is a short, fun video to watch about a 6-year old piano prodigy. He’s having fun!
[From Pam W.] I heard this on 99.5am and fell in love: the Vivaldi La Follia on this album [editor’s note: This is selection #7 on the album, available to stream on Spotify]
[From André B.] Here is Alicia Keys playing Moonlight Sonata in honor of Kobe Bryant. Love it.
[From Karen T.] Here is Paul Barton playing Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” for an 80-year old blind elephant. Every time I watch his Music for Elephants Project, I’m humbled and moved beyond words.
[From Patricia M.] Brahm’s First. [Here is Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brahm’s Symphony No. 1, in 1982. Outstanding.]
[From David T.] I just came across this on Facebook. Two young teens having a blast on their violins. They’re not perfect but they’re great!
[From Ann C.] The Colorado Symphony Plays “Ode to Joy” (Beethoven’s 9th) by webcam, while they’re distanced. Here is a link to an article about it.