His designs have been awarded locally and nationally by juried competitions, receiving international praise in print publication and television media. His own home is a manifesto on creativity, to expand the minds and sensitivities of his two sons raised in that environment. Currently, he is a teaching professor in music history and flute at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra. Samuel Shepherd Samuel Shepherd is a Ph.
The only explanation I can think of is the placement of the concert in the middle of a week full of midterms. Fortunately, the concert will be repeated on Saturday, November 4, at 8 p. Inspired by two folk tunes that the Czech composer collected while wandering in different regions of Lachia, the piece is a vivid musical description of Lachian splendid landscapes, where people are involved in traditional ceremonies.
The tunes are essentially dances, a traditional wedding dance and a kerchief dance, combined in a harmonious way to produce a well-balanced piece. When the piece became a success after the first performance, Ravel orchestrated the piano part, yielding the piece that was presented Wednesday.
Tzigane was inspired by the tunes of the gypsies, and also by some Hungarian folk-tunes. It features a captivating yet very difficult violin part that soloist Rachel Levinson was able to brilliantly handle.
Indeed, the soloist gave a very expressive performance, showing outstanding technique and virtuosity. The orchestra melded in with dissonant chords and an interesting bass line that harmonically supported the violin part.
Overall, this piece was very enjoyable due to the very good performance.
The first movement features repeated notes motifs in woodwinds and a rather lyrical theme in the strings parts, unpredictably shifting in various keys or meters. However, the tonal sense of the piece is very strong -- hence the apparent comprehensibility.
The movement is rather joyful and refreshing, even if it involves a rather complex orchestration, featuring various percussion instruments and a lot of parts for the wind instruments. The second movement looks like a classical scherzo; it is rather tense and the melodic line is hard to follow.
The horns introduce a short motif answered by the violins, which begin a very lyrical passage. At times this sounds like a slow movement, but the sudden changes in tempo and dynamics, together with the abrupt ending, remind us of the scherzo-like features.
The third movement, which is the slow movement of the symphony, is probably the most beautiful and the most lyrical. The theme starts in the basses and then is gradually amplified by the whole orchestra, creating a completely serene and magical atmosphere.
The contrasting middle part creates some tension that disappears when the initial theme comes back.
The ending of the movement features a sudden outburst of E major this movement is in G majorwhich anticipates the brilliance of the ending of the symphony. The music here becomes rather uncomplicated and follows closely the lyrics of the original tune, culminating with music, which is the ultimate joy, this being essentially the conclusion of the last movement and the whole symphony.
Pamela Wood, who sang the soprano part, delivered an excellent performance, full of passion and color. Her voice gave the lyrics the weight they deserve in the context of the final movement.Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d’un artiste en cinq parties (Fantastical Symphony: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts) Op.
14 is a program symphony written by the French composer Hector Berlioz in It is an important piece of the early Romantic period, and is popular with concert audiences worldwide.
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Together, we can secure Xavier's tradition of challenging academics and Jesuit Catholic values for future generations. Aida earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University in the piano class of Natasha Snitkovsky, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, where she was one of the piano faculty at the City Music Center.
Symphony Orchestra at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), Wind. This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music.
Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Mr. Fear is a graduate of the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music with a B.S. in Music Therapy with an emphasis in percussion performance. He has studied with Chris Allen of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rolando Morales-Matos, Lenny Rogers, and Stanley Leonard.