#99 2nd Annual Children’s Concert

Concert first performed on November 16, 2014.

Become an expert on all things Orchestra! Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is a fun instructional for music lovers who are young—or just young at heart. To initiate orchestra novices in the stories an orchestra can tell, we’ll present selections from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, which were both inspired by classic folk tales. And since all orchestral experts need to be familiar with symphonies, we’ll finish the evening with one of the greats, Beethoven’s 8th.

Kids will get an up-close lesson on what an orchestra is all about at our third annual Children & Families concert which includes pre-concert activities. The Sunday concert and activities are free thanks to grant funding from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

  • The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra / Britten
  • Selections from Hansel and Gretel / Humperdinck
  • Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird / Stravinsky
  • Symphony No. 8 / Beethoven

Conducted by Douglas Diamond

Works Performed

  • Britten, Benjamin, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Mindy Ratner, narrator
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van, Symphony #8, mvt 2
  • Humperdinck, Englbert, Selections from Hansel and Gretel,
  • Stravinsky, Igor, Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird

Dates Performed

  • November 16, 2014

#98 Orchestra 101

Concert first performed on November 15, 2014.

Become an expert on all things Orchestra! Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is a fun instructional for music lovers who are young—or just young at heart. To initiate orchestra novices in the stories an orchestra can tell, we’ll present selections from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, which were both inspired by classic folk tales. And since all orchestral experts need to be familiar with symphonies, we’ll finish the evening with one of the greats, Beethoven’s 8th.

Kids will get an up-close lesson on what an orchestra is all about at our third annual Children & Families concert which includes pre-concert activities. The Sunday concert and activities are free thanks to grant funding from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

  • The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra / Britten
  • Selections from Hansel and Gretel / Humperdinck
  • Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird / Stravinsky
  • Symphony No. 8 / Beethoven

 

Conducted by Douglas Diamond

Works Performed

  • Stravinsky, Igor, Selections from The Firebird
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van, Symphony #8
  • Britten, Benjamin, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Mindy Ratner, narrator
  • Humperdinck, Englebert, Selections from Hansel and Gretel

Dates Performed

  • November 15, 2014

#97 First Annual Lake Harriet Summer Concert

Concert first performed on June 22, 2014.

Conducted by Douglas Diamond

Works Performed

  • Brahms, Johannes, Academic Festival Overture
  • Poling, Chan, Love Is
  • Bernstein, Leonard, Selections from “West Side Story”
  • Smetana, Bedrich, Die Moldau
  • Sibelius, Jean, Finlandia
  • Beethoven, Ludwig, Egmont Overture
  • Rossini, J, Selection from William Tell Overture

Dates Performed

  • June 22, 2014

#96 13th Annual QMC Como Concert

Concert first performed on June 2, 2014.

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Polling, Chan, Love Is
  • Brahms, Johannes, Academic Festival Overture

Dates Performed

  • June 2, 2014

#95 21st Birthday Bash

Concert first performed on May 31, 2014.

21st Birthday Bash

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Brahms, Johannes, Academic Festival Overture
  • Poling, Chan, Love Is . . . (1984,2014 Arr Robert Elhai)
  • Davies, Peter Maxwell, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise with soloist Dick Hensold, Highland bagpipes
  • Bernstein, Leonard, Suite from West Side Story
  • Puccini, Giacomo, Quando me’n vo from La Boheme with soloist Julia Engel, soprano
  • Gioacchimo Rossini, Una voce poco fa From Il Barbiere di Siviglia with soloist Julia Engel, soprano
  • Bernstein, Leonard, Glitter and be Gay and Make Our Garden Grow from Candide with soloist Julia Engel, soprano and Bradley Greenwald tenor
  • Ginastera, Alberto, Four Dances from Estancia Op 8a

Dates Performed

  • May 31, 2014

#94 America’s Sacred, Simple Gifts

Concert first performed on March 8, 2014.

Get in touch with your spiritual side as we explore three works by American composers influenced by different forms of the sacred. Copland’s Appalachian Spring takes a traditional Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts,” and paints majestic strokes to evoke a traditional simplicity of American rural life.

Theofanidis was inspired to compose Lighting, with Life… by several anonymous American Indian poems with a common thread of a supernatural sense of nature, and he was deeply influenced by September 11th occurred as he was writing the piece. We are excited for Music Director Jacob Sustaita to take a break from the podium to perform as the featured viola soloist for this piece.

Finally, Still’s Afro-American Symphony combines the symphonic form with blues progressions and rhythms as well as with African American spirituals.

Conducted by Douglas Diamond

Works Performed

  • Theofanidis, Christopher, Lightning with Life, in Four Colors Comes Down with soloist Jacob Sustaita, viola
  • Still, William Grant, Symphony #3 “Afro-American”
  • Copland, Aaron, Appalachian Spring

Dates Performed

  • March 8, 2014

#93 First Annual Children’s Concert

Concert first performed on November 10, 2013.

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Bedrich Smetana, Die Moldau
  • Ferde Grofe, Grand Canyon Suite

Dates Performed

  • November 10, 2013

#92 Bigger Is Better: Nature’s Vast Spaces

Concert first performed on November 9, 2013.

Take a grand orchestral tour with us through some of the biggest and best natural wonders of the world. We’ll begin by meandering down one of Bohemia’s greatest rivers, the Vltava, with one of Smetana’s most famous works, Die Moldau.

Next, we’ll explore naturalist Aldo Leopold’s idea that only a mountain has lived long enough to “listen objectively to the howl of a wolf”. We welcome local actor Bradley Greenwald as he narrates Leopold’s essay “Thinking Like a Mountain” set to Victoria Bond’s score, encouraging us to contemplate the interconnectedness of nature.

We’ll continue with the mysteriousness of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, commonly known as “Fingal’s Cave” which evokes the wilds of the Scottish coast. Finally, we’ll end a bit closer to home at one of the biggest natural wonders of all with Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Smetena, Bedrich, Die Moldau
  • Mendelsohhn, Felix, “Hebrides” Overture “Fingal’s Cave”
  • Bond, Victoria, Thinking Like a Mountain with Bradley Greenwald, narrator
  • Grofe, Ferde, Grand Canyon Suite

Dates Performed

  • November 9, 2013

#91 12th Annual QMC Como Concert

Concert first performed on June 3, 2013.

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Christopher Theofanidis, Rainbow Body

Dates Performed

  • June 3, 2007

#90 “Rainbow Body”

Concert first performed on May 11, 2013.

Conducted by Jacob Sustaita

Works Performed

  • Christopher Theofanidis, Rainbow Body
  • Christopher Gable, By the Fireside with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • George Gershwin, An American in Paris

Dates Performed

  • May 11, 2013