Wednesday, 17 October 2012
“Rhapsody in blue”
On September 29, 2012, the symphony Orchestra at Moorpark College had their first concert of the fall semester with special guest the horn player, Jennifer Bliman and Esther Keel on Piano. The Symphony Orchestra collectively performed three pieces during the concert. The hall was much more crowded than I expected. At the beginning of the concert, the orchestra was seated on the stage; the men wore tuxedos, and the women wore black dresses or pants. The concertmaster came out to tune the orchestra, and then the conductor made his entrance and gave a brief description of the piece that was about to be played.
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The Andante begins with a serene melody played by the clarinets and accompanied by the harp, and what follows is a horn solo with the ornamental grace notes that are quite typical of Borodin's lyrical melodies. This melody is heard from various instruments throughout the piece, while some of the material incorporates the interaction between minor and major thirds present in the Allegro. The finale is in sonata form, but more free than the first movement.
For the intermission the orchestra played “Holiday Concerto for Horn and Orchestra” by Charles Fernandez. He has been a composer, orchestrator, bassoonist and conductor in Los Angeles since 1983. This composition was written expressly for, Jennifer Bliman. It has three movements; “Halloween”, “thanksgiving: Pilgrim’s reflection”, and “Santa’s ride”. In the “Halloween scherzo” we saw the orchestra played all together with a dynamic volume to create drama. Also the harmony was harsh, jarring combinations of sounds. I liked it a lot. The “thanksgiving: pilgrim’s reflection” had an interesting sound, a little bit dissonant, the string section was very prominent but the trumpets and flutes made a very melodic sound. “Santa’s ride” reminded me to Christmas and all the Disney Christmas movies. It very interesting, the expression of this piece had changing tempos and a dynamic volume.
The last composition to be played was “Rhapsody in blue” by George Gershwin. Esther keel was on...