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Romantic Russia

Saturday Nov. 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm.
Vance Brad Civic Auditorium
Skyline High School
600 E Mountain View Ave, Longmont, CO 80504

Robert Olson - Conductor
Katie Mahan - Piano

 

 

Notes from the Maestro

Even if you have a limited background in classical music, you can’t help but love this concert! 
To begin with, the major orchestral work is Rimsky-Korsakov’s iconic “Scheherazade” … music depicting the famous “A Thousand and One Nights” story.  Our heroine, Scheherazade, is selected to enchant the prince with stories, knowing she will be beheaded as soon as he becomes bored with her narratives, as have all the previous storytellers.  But Scheherazade has a special gift for weaving a yarn, and enchants the Prince so much she is able to keep him interested for over a thousand nights.  Musically, it doesn’t get much more descriptive or beautiful than this.  It also is a “tour d ‘force” for the principal players in the orchestra, especially the concertmaster.  Her initial solo, heard at the very beginning represents the beginning story she has to tell, and it is mysterious, beautiful, and exotic.  Listen carefully each time she returns with this theme, for it is slightly different with every appearance --- as her story MUST change to keep the prince interested!  Many other instruments in the orchestra have major stories to tell as well … the bassoon, clarinet, trombone, and cello, to name a few.  From hearing the ship be smashed to pieces in a storm to the Prince falling in love with Scheherazade at the end, this music paints a vivid picture throughout.
   I am particularly excited about our soloist and the work she is performing on the first half.  Katie Mahan, a great pianist from Denver, is on a meteoric rise in her career, and we are fortunate to have her perform with us.  She chose the extraordinarily difficult and beautiful Third Concerto of Rachmaninoff … that Romantic period composer who wrote the “world’s most beautiful melodies”, 
   Please join us for what promises to be a very exciting evening. 

Robert Olson, LSO Artistic Director

Boulder Ballet and LSO Nutcracker

Be a hit with your children or your grandchildren as their eyes light up while watching Clara as she watches the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier perform their dance after the “Celebrations of Sweets from around the world.”

The LSO performs Tchailkovsky’s Nutcracker while Boulder Ballet dances their beautiful Nutcracker balleton Saturday Dec 6th at 4:00 pm and on Sunday Dec 7th at 2:00 pm.  All seats are reserved so get your tickets early!  Parking is a snap at Skyline High School where Vance Brand Civic Auditorium is located.  So be a hero and click now to reserve your Nutcracker tickets.

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