Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Strings Sing In Jones Hall This Weekend

It is concert night again for the fetching Mrs. B and I at Jones Hall on Saturday night with our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra.  We are really looking forward to this one as one of our favorites, concertmaster Frank Huang, will also be acting as the leader [in place of a conductor] while at his concertmaster's chair with his violin, leading a great concert program of pieces by Wagner, Sarasate, and Dvorak. 

HSO Concertmaster, Frank Huang, will play a dual role this weekend at Jones Hall in Houston

The program is described as thus by the Houston Symphony Orchestra web site"Written as a birthday present for his wife, Cosima, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll contains tender and lyrical music later used in his opera of the same name. 

The concert also features Frank Huang as soloist in Dvorák’s melodic Romance for Violin and Orchestra and Sarasate’s gypsy-inspired showstopper, Zigeunerweisen.  

Concluding the program, Dvorák’s sunny Serenade for Strings presents one gorgeous melody after another, filled with all the warmth and generosity for which this composer is so treasured."

Antonin Dvorak is one of my favorite composers and two of my favorite pieces from him are his Serenade's for Winds and for Strings. The featured piece we will be hearing tonight, his Serenade for Strings, is in E-Major with five movements:  1. Moderato,  2. Tempo di Valse,  3. Scherzo: Vivace,  4. Larghetto,  5. Allegro Vivace. 

As usual, whenever Sheralyn and I go to the symphony we like to let you hear a little of the music from the pieces we will be hearing tonight. 

Note:  In the first video, Kyung Wha Chung is the solo violinist in Dvorak's Romance for Violin and Orchestra.  

Also, notice how in the third video [the finale of Dvorak's Serenade for Strings], Dvorak brings back the main theme of the first movement [you will hear in the 2nd video] at 4:17 of the finale.  Also, in the exciting finale Dvorak has a surprise ending that I'm sure even Alfred Hitchcock would appreciate. 

Led by concertmaster Frank Huang, the strings will be singing in Houston's Jones Hall this weekend.

So, please turn up the volume and enjoy some beautiful warm music from Antonin Dvorak.

Antonin Dvorak:  Romance For Violin and Orchestra:

Antonin Dvorak: Serenade For Strings in E-Major, Movement 1, Moderato:

Dvorak: Serenade For Strings in E-Major, Movement 5, Allegro Vivace:

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