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:  Boston Pops recording

4. Georges Bizet: L'ArlĂ©sienne 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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