Upcoming Concert

Free October Concerts

Sunday, October 1, 2017 ~ 3:00 pm
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N Craycroft
Tucson, AZ

Sunday, October 8, 2017 ~ 3:00 pm
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at 2:15
Sahuarita District Auditorium
22 W Sahuarita Rd
Sahuarita, AZ
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On the program

Johannes Brahms ~ Hungarian Dances
Henryk Wieniawski ~ Violin Concerto No. 2, mvt. 3
        performed by 17-year-old Nikolai Robbins
George Enescu ~ Romanian Rhapsodie No. 1
Béla Bartók ~ Romanian Folk Dances
Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Symphony No. 7
The pieces in our October concerts are filled with rhythmic energy. If you look at the names of the works, you may see a theme emerge.

Two of the pieces, by Brahms and Bartók, have the word "dance" in their titles.Those are easy to identify as offering music of the dance.

The third movement of the Wieniawski violin concerto is a dashing rondo in the gypsy style. That's a dance, for sure! The name of the movement is 'Allegro con fuoco-Allegro moderato (à la Zingara).' Zingara is Italian for "gypsy woman." There is also this intriguing definition:
"À la Zingara is a French phrase used in cooking to describe an accompanying garnish that is generally meant to be rich, exotic and slightly peppy. The phrase means 'gypsy-style.'" from Cookinfo.com

Enescu, a Romanian composer, based his rhapsodies on folk tunes. In the one we are playing, he took a tune that is introduced slowly in the violins, then "as the work progresses, this tune grows faster and livelier to climax in a vibrant whirling folk dance." from Wikipedia

Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven is the most rhythmic of his symphonies. "The Symphony is the Apotheosis of the Dance itself: it is Dance in its highest aspect, the loftiest deed of bodily motion, incorporated into an ideal mold of tone,” said composer Richard Wagner. Others have commented on this symphony's "whirling dance-energy."

So, come prepared to tap your toes at this concert of lively and engaging European dance music!

Please note that the information presented here is subject to change.


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