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Welcome to Classy Music For Those Who Prefer Classical

Thank you for visiting this site. Classical music has been around for a long time. It has been used for listening, background music in movies, TV and even cartoons. As you learn more about classical music, you will enjoy it even more and it is great to listen to while working on your computer. Be sure to listen to the hand-picked music on this site. The controls are on your right. Enjoy!

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Be Happy, Listen To The Music

Music helps my world by drowning any worries.  Although, I support free music.  “Spotify” is a free music program, I find that sometimes it is more trouble than it is worth.  More later on this subject.

Lake Country Orchestra Concert

 

Lake Country Orchestra Gives A Great Performance !

Concert Program

© Norine Peardon

March 13, 2016  2 PM
Sean Phelan, Conductor
Oconomowoc Arts Center

The audience was delighted when discovering the Lake Country Orchestra  would be presenting a somewhat green concert.  I can’t emphasize enough that more community support would be welcomed.  Keeping the attitude, talent and interest of the symphony members will enhance the musical community of Oconomowoc.  Let’s let our local musicians know they are wanted!

Norwegian Dances – Edward Grieg

Obviously, Edward Grieg resided in Norway.  Do you suppose these dances were written to celebrate the end of a long winter ?  The music conveyed joy and energy.

LAKE COUNTRY ORCHESTRA’S CONCERT

© Norine Peardon, 2015

November 29, 2015 At Oconomowoc HS Arts Center

Lake Country Orchestra Gives Stunning Concert

Small Symphony Orchestra

Sean Phelan, Conductor

 

Everything seemed to go wrong except the music.

 

Christmas Medley by Leroy Anderson

This was a unique way to introduce the audience to the approaching season.   The kind of music we hear at all the shopping malls without having to spend lots of money !  The other outcome was a revival of our Christmas spirit.

Pavane, Op. 50, Composer Gabriel Faure’

Originally written in 1887 as a piano piece but is better known when played by an orchestra with an optional chorus.  A nice twist from the previous selection.

Finlandia, Composer John Sebelius

One of the National Anthems of the country of Finland.  Later, Sebelius wrote some of the music as a stand-a-lone hymn.  Words were added in 1941 to the hymn.  The hymn is known by many other titles.

Mozart Symphony No. 25 In G Minor

Who wouldn’t recognize a Mozart Symphony with the heavy concentration of the violin ?  Always a pleasurable experience !

Nabucco Overture, Composer Giuseppe Verdi

The story encompasses the enslavement of the Hebrews.  This piece was orginally written as an opera.

Following the concert, the Lake Country Orchestra members held a reception in the lobby of the center.  It was a great opportunity to mingle by members and audience.  Refreshments were served and everyone seemed to enjoy the event.

The next concert of the lake country orchestra will be March 13, 2016.  Mark your calendar and give this wonderful organization your community support.  Website:  http://www.oconchamberorch.org/174-2/

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LAKE COUNTRY ORCHESTRA’S PERFORMANCE

© Norine Peardon, 2015

March 22, 2015 4PM

The concert began with the appearance of Director, Sean Phelan.  Surprises were in store for the audience.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Overture & Incidental Music

The first selection was Felix Mendelssohn’s music from the play,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The fairies in the woods were very busy and happy as the violins made known.  For those of us who have never been privy to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, perhaps we would have been more engaged if the first selection included The Wedding March, one of Mendelssohn’s most famous melodies.

God Bless America

God Bless America

© Nap 2015

HOW THE SONG CAME TO BE

In the days of radio only, before TV, CD’s and the more modern music and video conveyances, Irving Berlin was writing songs for radio,  broadway shows and movies.  Be aware that composers can write songs which lay unpublished, sometimes until their death.  A popular, well-known singer, Kate Smith, was filling the airwaves with songs about love, but what many did not know is her dedication to patriotism and America.

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