Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Timeless Drama

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Nov. 8, 2018: Timeless Drama by OSU at 7:30 pm
Heritage Theater: 105 N 100 E
Tickets- $12 Adults and $6 Students. Groups up to six $40.
Ages 6 and over welcome with adult supervision

Sampling of music to preview concert and additional selections:

Celebrating the Centenary of Leonard Bernstein:
Leonard Bernstein conducting the Overture to Candide

Bernstein Conducts West Side Story Symphonic Dances

Charming pieces by American composer LeRoy Anderson
Belle of the Ball with artwork

Blue Tango

Blue Tango with Dancers

Featuring the Trombone:
100 Trombone Concerti includes audio links and information
Trombone Concerto by Rimsky-Korsakov
Leopold Mozart Trombone Concerto with melody line notes

Capuzzi Concerto is normally played by string bass, but we'll be hearing trombone at concert:
Concerto, 2nd and 3rd movements with string bass

Young People's Concerts:
Young People's Concerts  From Lincoln Center a series of programs introducing music hosted by Leonard Bernstein.  There is a series of videos available in this series.  Some use orchestra, some use piano, but all are informative and entertaining.

Bernstein introduces age 7 Yo Yo Ma

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Listening Preview for Stormy Music Concert

Concert information and article link

Preview the music on the links below:
Orchestra pieces:
Good orientation for upcoming concert: Story for children to introduce Sorcerer's Apprentice

Lion Dance by Yiping Wang is an orchestra piece that evokes a celebration.  Link to show a traditional Lion Dance: This is a percussion only performance of a Lion Dance.

The Storm by Tchaikovsky is an exciting early work

Choir Pieces include:
Stormy Weather by Harold Arlen Ella Fitzgerald singing this classic American song.

High Flight by Karen Linford Robinson will be sung by In Jubilo
This is another version of the same poem with different music: Gary Dugan's version

High Flight Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God
Poem (c) 1941 - John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

The Poet Sings is one of the selections for In Jubilo 

Weather Forecast will feature three choirs for Thursday's concert.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dynamic Drama through Music

The Orchestra of Southern Utah explores the drama of live music this season and we're excited to share our performances with you.  Here are some previews and related pieces that show the dramatic quality of symphony orchestra music.

Season Highlights:

October 11: Stormy Highlights
Sorcerer's Apprentice with Mickey Mouse

November 8: Timeless Drama
Bernstein Centennial, OSU celebrates in our Nov. 8 concert with selections from West Side Story.
Some of the Bernstein's Young People's Concerts are available on youtube:
What Makes Music Symphonic?
What Does Music Mean?
What is Melody?

Some of our favorite pieces composed by Leonard Bernstein, born in 1918:
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Overture to Candide

Dec. 9 and 10: Handel's Messiah

Feb. 9: Fairy Tale Adventures - Children's Jubilee
afternoon of music, science and art for the whole family
Sleeping Beauty Waltz with Dancers
Peter Pan composed by Newton Howard

Feb. 21: Memorable Music Tales
Swan Lake Suite

April 11: Capture the Moment
Mahler #5

Taking a daily occurrence and creating musical magic: 
10 wonderful musical sunrises

Join us for exciting and dramatic music this season.  Tickets available at Cedar Music Stores and Studios as well as the Heritage Center or call OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435) 592-6051 

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out" Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, March 30, 2018

"Glorious Galaxies" Concert Listening Links

Explore the galaxies with music and aerial artists at the upcoming OSU concert on April 12, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Center.  Aerobatic Performing Arts will be the guest artists in conjunction with selections from the Planets by Holst.

The Planets by Gustav Holst

OSU will perform Mars, Venus, and Jupiter with the aerial artists in front of the orchestra.

Our audiences voted between Star Trek and Star Wars for this concert and Star Wars won:
Star Wars

Composer Alex Byers
Matthew Clegg, guest vocalist
When I Consider the Heavens is a new commissioned piece by Alex Byers and this concert will be the world premiere.  To sample Byers music check out the link for one of his previous compositions. 
The Lord is My Shepherd by Alex Byers was premiered by OSU as part of a previous R.L. Halversen concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m4LO0BMwlg

You Raise Me Up by Rolf Løvland with lyrics by Brendan Graham 

La Donna Mobile from Rigoletto 
Luciano Pavarotti performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCFEk6Y8TmM

Music is valuable for all ages:
Benefits of taking music lessons supported by latest research: https://musicadvisor.com/top-benefits-taking-music-lessons-young-adults/

Poster design by Rollan Fell.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Great Music, Great Variety: Listening Links for OSU Opening Concert

The opening OSU concert features music which is exciting and varied.

You are invited to enjoy an evening of live music with special guests from Parowan.

Trevor Walker will conduct the Parowan High Band and the combined Parowan and OSU musicians.

Xun Sun will conduct OSU for the other pieces.
Parowan High Band will perform under the direction of Trevor Walker:
1. Coast Guard's March by Karl L. King: 

2. Salvation is Created by Pavel Tchesnokov

OSU will perform under the direction by Xun Sun:

3. Festival Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich
"The Festive Overture ...was given its premiere at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater on November 6, 1954, and survived its original function to take its place in the international repertory.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Although the music opens with the grandest of ceremonial fanfares, there are no solemn heroics in the piece, and of course it is not an overture to anything. It is simply a vivacious and thoroughly Russian celebratory gesture, in the bright key of A major. The exultant mood is exhibited in passages alternately grandiose, lyrical and playful, with the pomposity of the opening gesture effectively submerged under waves of high spirits whenever it recurs," from Kennedy Center notes.

Festive Overture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2yjV58NBxk  Boston Pops recording

4. Georges Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1 & Suite No. 2 / Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor · Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra /

Geroges Bizet

Famous for the opera Carmen, this French composer also wrote this wonderful suite with it's energetic Carillion and soulful Adagietto.  OSU will perform the first of the two suites.

5. Going to the West Gate performed by China Symphony Orchestra

Orchestration by Bao Yuankai

Going to the West Gate performed by Chinese traditional instruments and an incredible bamboo flute solo:

Parowan and OSU musicians join for Suite directed by Trevor Walker:

Vaughn Williams from Classic FM image

English stamp celebrates composer

6. English Folk Songs - Suite I. March (Seventeen Come Sunday) [2:53] II. Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy) [2:52] III. March (Folk Songs from Somerset) [3:00] by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), England (Orchestrated by Gordon Jacob) London Symphony Orchestra directed by Sir Adrian Boult


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