Monday, October 11, 2010

Fantasia Picks Classics, and So Do We

This weekend, we are having our second Altria Masterworks concert, Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky. To me, this concert is full of amazing symphony classics that are great for newcomers to symphonic music, especially because you've probably already heard this music without even realizing it.

The movie Fantasia was one of those great Disney movies that I remember growing up to. One of the most famous sequences in that movie is probably"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas (see below). This weekend, we are going to be performing the Fanfare from Dukas' last major work, a ballet called La Péri.

The original Fantasia included the extraordinary Igor Stravinsky piece, The Rite of Spring. But Fantasia 2000 concludes with this beautiful animation (see below) to the music of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919), which is the piece we will be performing this weekend!

Closing our program is Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 - sometimes considered the hardest piece composed for piano! Eep!

This concert is going to be intense and thrilling and I can't wait to see it myself this weekend. Hope you enjoy these videos and look forward to seeing the orchestra play the strings off their instruments!


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