October 17, 2012 at 2:37 AMIt's that time of year. Tonight, from 7:30pm to 9pm, we had our first orchestra concert of the year! Two middle schools joined Symphonic Strings and Chamber Strings - the uppermost groups - in a night of fantastic music-making. You know the pieces I played from past entries, and I just have to say that they went pretty well. I was especially proud of the ending chord in the Mendelssohn piece - it was just fantastic how the sound bounced around the auditorium. Chamber Strings played the last two movements of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and when they did I was reminded just how much I liked him as a composer. Combined with the Wind Orchestra (Woodwinds, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, and other percussion), they also played "Danse Bacchanale" from the French opera "Samson and Deliah" (1877). Of course, this was written by Camille Saint-Saens. I do not know the full story of the opera (I must look that up sometime tomorrow!) but the piece itself was pretty amazing.
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