A bright and varied start to get our year rolling. As mentioned in the previous newsletter our music is being selected from the concert programmes of the same month of the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Our first session for the month of March saw us start off with the Overture to Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream; followed by the major work for the morning: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (below). The “Mother Goose Suite” by Ravel and a couple of different approaches to JS Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No.3”. rounded off proceedings.
The major work to focus on for the second of our sessions was Dvorak’s Violin Concerto - with a scintillating performance by violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter. It was preceded by the overture to Mozart’s “Il Seraglio” (the opera is an hilarious story), and Gabrieli’s “Canzona par Sonar in Echo Duodecimi 10”; with the rest of the programme moving over to more contemporary works : Samuel Barber’s “Mutations from Bach", Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”, and Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight” (below), before closing off with a small portion of “The Last Words of Christ” by Haydn.
If you would like to look at/listen to the any of the recordings, the Programme Notes and YouTube links are available here:
With the U3A room now able to be accessed, Music Appreciation classes will commence on Friday 12th March.
Sessions this year will focus on the concert programmes being offered by the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. The general intention is in each session to select one major work from either orchestra’s programme in the particular month - which we will look at in its entirety - and to select a number of shorter works in whole or in part for the remainder of the time available.
A further reminder will be sent to class members prior to our first session together with information about the music for that session.
About Music Appreciation
Learning about and listening to classical music from across the ages to the present day is what we do.
Convenor and Contact Details
Bill Squire 5762 6334
2nd and 4th Friday
10 am to 12 noon.
U3A Meeting Room 1 Fawckner Drive
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