© 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.

Our Town

Aaron Copland is one of the finest American composers.  Most of his music is Americana with some of it reflecting the old West.  He wrote many compositions which we hear in plays and movies.  We listened to it but probably did not know the composer was Aaron Copland.  One of my favorites is Simple Gifts.  If you can not recollect Simple Gifts, you can hear it on Amazon.

Tuba, Violin, typewriter, trombone

The Typewriter

A nice break from the deep, emotional classics, Leroy Anderson composed this piece before the introduction of the electric typewriter and computer.  The old typewriter was noisy as the keys were depressed and the carriage had to be manually returned.  The electric typewriter was just coming in as I was leaving high school.  A wonderful choice by Director, Sean Phelan.  The audience truly enjoyed this bit of folly and the dings of the bell.  One question, where can you find that typewriter in today’s world ?

Berceuse and Finale

Igor Stravinsky, a Russian born composer, composed this music in the Firebird Suite.  Some of his compositions closely hinted at jazz.  However Jazz is strictly American born in the deep south.
Stravinsky’s compositions included chamber music for many different instruments and his music gained popularity with the Firebird Suite ballet.  One instrument, the saxophone, not always heard in the classics, is more closely identified with Jazz.

Capricccio Italien

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, also a Russian born composer, famous for the ballets The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.  Interesting that Tchaikovsky began these Italian folk tunes with a bugle call.

In The Steppes of Central Asia

In The Steppes of Central Asia, Composer Alexander Borodin, composed a nice variation compared to the dance music of the previous selection.  The music takes us to a caravan of camels in the Asian dessert and offers an oriental flavor to the music.  The story is based around the event that the caravan disappears into the vast dessert.

L’Ariesienne Suite 2
Georges Bizet, a French romantic composer

The final selection, L’Ariesienne Suite 2, the orchestra had the audience fooled into thinking the selection had completed, but there were 4 parts to the suite.  Bizet is well known for his opera Carmen and Toreador’s Song.  This was an appropriate orchestral selection as the concert finished. The audience offered a standing ovation but the orchestra did not heed.

For those who did not attend the concert, they missed an inspirational, pleasant, educational musical Sunday afternoon, presented by 38 of our most talented local musicians of The Lake Country Orchestra.  Looking forward to their next concert and hope they prepare for an oncore!

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