Vienna, City of My Dreams -- A Music and Dance Performance by Peninsula Symphony & Danse Libre
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The last date listed for Vienna, City of My Dreams was Friday January 21, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Those dancers surely had great spirits held up well through out. They didn't practice more than 100 hours a year (at least they didn't look like they practice more than that), but their radiant smiles were infectious. It was a pleasant night.
Franz von Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (“Unfinished”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento No. 2 (excerpts)
Johann Strauss II: Radetzky March (excerpt)
Josef Strauss: Feuerfest Polka
Johann Strauss Jr: Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring)
Traditional: Mazurka Quadrille: Zingara Marouk
Franz Lehar: Merry Widow Waltz
Eduard Strauss: Bahn Frei Polka
Johann Strauss Jr: An der schönen blauen Donau
Members of the Academy of Danse Libre
The very name Vienna conjures images in the heart and soul of any music lover. The Peninsula Symphony continues its season of “Great Works in Grand Style” by transporting audiences to the home of classical music. The concert features orchestral masterpieces including Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, excerpts from Mozart’s Divertimento No. 2, a variety of Strauss waltzes and more. It will be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears, as masterful members of the Academy of Danse Libre colorfully recreate a Viennese Ball, in full costume and classically choreographed to three eras of Viennese music, including the music of the “Waltz Kings.”
“Vienna has been the most important crossroads of our art form for three centuries," remarked music director & conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein. "Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, the Strausses, Schoenberg and uncountable others spent much of their creative lives here, interacting with the leading musical figures of the ages and formulating the recipes for the greatest musical works in many styles.”
The first half of the concert will immerse audiences in the Viennese operetta world as the Symphony performs Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture, a delicious Viennese pastry of an overture, with tunes that will be familiar to everyone. Then will come Schubert’s mesmerizing Symphony No. 8 (the “Unfinished Symphony”), with its evocative melodies and mysterious history. The first half will end with a particularly enchanting Mozart work: the Divertimento No. 2 in D. Here Mozart presents moments of “powdered wig” propriety set against rowdy folk elements, brought to life by a small orchestra featuring four noisy French horns.
After intermission, the stage will be transformed into a majestic Viennese ballroom for music and dance of the “Waltz Kings” – Johann Strauss Jr. and Sr., Joseph and Edward Strauss, and Franz Léhar. The audience will hear the music, and also see the elegantly costumed dancers of the Academy of Danse Libre, dancing the traditional choreography of the most alluring era of aristocratic Vienna. Favorites such as the Radetzky March, the Merry Widow Waltz, Voices of Spring, and the ultimate waltz – the Blue Danube — will be on display for a glamorous and memorable night.