TSO - 4 Amazing Events in 5 Months
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Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra 4 Amazing Events in 5 Months
At 7:00pm November 11, in Moody Hall on the University of Alabama campus, the TSO will dazzle you with “Cinemagic.” Lead by the symphony’s music director, Adam Flatt, “Cinemagic” will capture 100 years of the most popular musical masterpieces composed for film--from the greatest musical moments from the golden age of cinema (representing movies such as Gone With the Wind, Vertigo, and Sea Hawk), to the blockbusters of today, and everything in between. You may be surprised at how much first-class repertoire you already know and love: themes from Mission: Impossible and The Pink Panther, breathtaking moments of excitement from Ben-Hur, and the quiet power of the theme from Schindler’s List, which will be performed by the TSO’s own Jenny Gregoire (previously of the New World Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra). And the kids will love music from Spider-Man and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
“Some folks give movie music a bad rap,” said Jessica Davis, new executive director for the symphony. “But the truth is, we have more than a century of movie music—there was great music written for the cinema to be played live even before movies themselves had sound! Nearly every great composer of the 20th century wrote for a movie at some point in their careers. And they put every ounce of their genius into making sure that music was enjoyable to every last audience member.”
There will even be representatives of older music used in movies many years later. Johann Strauss, for example, could not have imagined moving pictures when he wrote the Blue Danube Waltz in 1866, but it fit perfectly into Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. And Pietro Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from the 1889 opera Cavelleria Rusticana has been etched into many brains as the background to the final scene of The Godfather series.
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
After a short break, the TSO will be back to ring in the season with holiday classics–and in the true holiday spirit, look forward to the participation of some friends. The Christmas Concert, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, will be in Moody Hall on December 9th at 7PM and the TSO will be joined by the Alabama Choir School, Prentice Concert Chorale, and perhaps even YOU in our annual sing-along! Experience the enthusiasm as a stage-full of musicians present your holiday favorites, and witness the excitement as children of all ages perform side-by-side with professional musicians.
“By this point, almost everybody knows that children who make music in any way score higher on standardized tests, are better equipped to understand complicated concepts in school, and are statistically significantly more likely to graduate from high school and go to college,” said Jessica Davis, the new executive director of the symphony. “But what people don’t know is that as you continue making music, you continue developing these skills. Making music teaches you to be creative, to combine your left and right brain hemispheres, and generally enriches your life. And inter-generational performance, which is what we are doing here, is the best way we can prove to young musicians that music-making can be a life-long activity! Here we have a professional symphony orchestra onstage, a volunteer choir behind them, and a children’s choir in the middle. The kids are singing right along with both amateur and professional singers, and they can see adult singers who are doctors and teachers and accountants during the day.”
Choosing music for holiday concerts can be difficult and expensive (a lot of the old favorites that we think of as being “classics,” like ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ are still under copyright). Some companies even offer ‘pre-packaged’ concerts, where you just pay a lump sum and you get what you get. But such a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t allow for any customization. Adam Flatt, TSO’s music director who chooses the program, works very hard to get an enjoyable, sophisticated program built for Tuscaloosa, which is something you obviously can’t get anywhere else.
And come early for the popular Silent Auction benefitting the TSO, which will feature jewelry, furniture, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and much more, also in Moody Hall on December 9th, starting at 6PM. Past winners have enjoyed items like an apartment stay in Paris, a ring from Hudson-Poole Jewelers, and even an opportunity to conduct the symphony yourself (a package complete with a conducting lesson from Maestro Flatt)!
PETER & THE WOLF
TSO will be back on Friday, March 7th at 6PM with what many families consider to be the most anticipated concert of the year, The Annual Family Discovery Concert, “Peter and the Wolf.” Come join the TSO for a staged production of this classic composition, featuring the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers and narrated by Tina Turley of Theatre Tuscaloosa. This piece was composed by one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Sergei Prokofiev, but written thoughtfully, specifically, and especially for children! The story ignites the imagination while helping young audiences understand what is going on in the orchestra!
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy who foolishly disobeys his grandfather, sneaking out of his room and running off to play in the woods with his animal friends: a cat, a duck, and a bird. Soon a wolf appears, threatening Peter and his friends. Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument: the cat is played by the clarinet, the bird by a flute, the duck by an oboe, Grandfather is represented by the bassoon, and Peter by the violins. The hunters, who eventually rush in to save the day, are a much larger group and are played by all the winds, with drum “gunshots.”
While the TSO donates three concerts earlier that day every year so that each and every fifth grader in Tuscaloosa County and Tuscaloosa City has the opportunity to see a real, live orchestra performance, their younger and older friends may miss out unless Mom and Dad take them at 6:00PM! Bring your children an hour early, 5PM, for the TSO’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” which allows those young and young at heart to see, touch, and most importantly play many of the instruments they will see onstage at 6:00! There will be volunteers on hand to help make sure that each child gets the best possible experience, guiding them in the basic ideas necessary to make sounds come out of each instrument, and focusing on allowing all the children to play as many instruments as possible.
The TSO will complete the 2013-2014 season with its’ last captivating performance, “The Last Dance”, in Moody Hall on April 28th at 7PM. Check the TSO website, www.tsoonline.org, for additional details.
Seating is limited and tickets are selling fast so don’t delay. Concert tickets can be purchased by visiting www.TSOonline.org or by calling 205.752.5515. It is not too late to purchase season tickets. Inquire about how to ensure that you don’t miss another captivating performance during the 2013-2014 concert season.
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