Saturday, September 12, 2015

Joshua Rings The Bell On HSO 2015/2016 Season

Opening night of the 2015-2016 concert season
Wow, is it always exciting for the fetching Mrs. B and I to go to the opening night of our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra at Jones Hall, with our exciting young conductor, Andres Orozco-Estrada at the podium.  

Joshua Bell - virtuoso violinist
How extra special is this opening night of the new 2015/2016 concert season, with violin virtuoso, Joshua Bell as soloist in the Bernstein/Brohn's West Side Story Suite for violin and orchestra. 

I have loved all of the many brilliant violinists who have graced the Jones Hall stage, but to me, Joshua Bell is my favorite.  It will be wonderful hearing him playing a melodic suite from Bernstein's West Side Story. 

Opening the program will be George Gershwin's programmed symphonic piece, "An American In Paris."  After intermission, will be the Firebird Suite from Igor Stravinsky.   Here is how the Houston Symphony website characterizes the concert:  

"Prepare for the dazzling opening of the Houston Symphony’s 2015-16 Season when world-famous violinist Joshua Bell returns to perform a piece written just for him, William David Brohn’s tuneful and virtuosic West Side Story Suite.  Be delighted and amazed by Bell’s lightning-fast finger work and sweeping renditions of “I Feel Pretty,” “Somewhere” and other melodies from Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical.  Gershwin’s jazzy An American in Paris opens the concert, and the evening concludes with the fairytale symbolism and burning colors of Stravinsky’s mythical ballet, The Firebird."

As always when Sheralyn and I get to hear our great Houston Symphony Orchestra, I like to share some of the music we will be hearing tonight.  The first video is George Gershwin's American in Paris as performed by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.  Thanks to Google Classical for this You Tube video.  Then the second video is Joshua Bell at the violin with the song "somewhere" from Bernstein's musical West Side Story.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy. 

George Gershwin: An American In Paris:

Leonard Bernstein: "Somewhere" song from West Side Story

As a Tales special bonus, here is Joshua Bell performing the first movement of the great Tchaikovsky violin concerto [a piece that we won't be hearing tonight] with conductor Maxim Eshkenazy and the Classic FM Orchestra in Bulgaria Hall thanks to a You Tube video from classic musicful

P.I. Tchaikovsky:  Violin Concerto in D-Major, Mov. 1, Allegro Moderato:

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