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A Concert You Don’t Want to Miss

Marlene’s Musings
September, 2013

It has been a fabulous summer!

I have been to a few music festivals, conducted lots of repertoire, met fantastic musicians and learned a ton. But, I miss the WSO and really look forward to getting back on the podium in front of those great musicians who are also some of the greatest people on the planet.

TonyMarleneWebsiteOur first rehearsal is coming up on September 22, 2013. ALL DVORAK! Antonin and Tony – that’s our title for this concert. Tony Ross, principal cellist of MN Orchestra, will play Dvorak’s cello concerto – arguably the most famous of the genre. I can’t wait!

I’ve wanted to program The Noon Witch for a long time. The music tells the story of an unruly little boy whose mother scolds him and threatens that if he doesn’t cease and desist his annoying behavior, the noon witch will take him away. The boy’s behavior is portrayed by agitated and dissonant oboes, and 12 chimes signal the coming of the witch. I don’t want to reveal too much but even without the story the music is brilliant!

Dvorak’s 16 Slavonic Dances were the pieces that made him a household name. We will be doing #9 which opens with the sounds of a raucous party in the Bohemian countryside. The middle section, in the minor key, presents a reflective, mournful melody. Then we return to the fun of the folk music for which Dvorak was fiercely proud.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss.

Tag Archive for: Dvorak

Minnesota’s Own

This program is a musical tribute to Minnesota. We will showcase the creations of two local composers, Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, and will also include some Minnesota college/university fight songs. Between each musical selection, internationally renowned storyteller, Kevin Kling, will share his literary genius.

LIBBY LARSEN: Overture for the End of a Century

ANTONIN DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Antonin Dvorak, a Czech composer, came to MN in 1893 to see Minnehaha Falls. He said, “It is so intensely beautiful that words cannot describe it.” 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, op. 34
Original narration by Kevin Kling

STEPHEN PAULUS: Concerto for Orchestra (1983)

St. Olaf is the only American college or university to have a fight song in ¾ time.

I WANT YOU BACK (Jackson 5 original song)
Arr. Ehrich Koch (PREMIERE arrangement) for members of WSO brass section plus Kevin Kling, Sousaphone


Free, no ticket required. Donations gratefully accepted.
Join us for a reception to meet the musicians following the concert with delicious cake sponsored by Nothing Bundt Cakes at Ridge Square North Shopping Center in Minnetonka!