Spring Classic concert a true ‘classic’

March 21, 2014 

What a great way to start the spring of 2014. It was a classic evening of varied music ranging from a lively dance, an Impressionistic tone painting, an opera overture, British folk songs, an Irish tune and a Russian classic. Something for everyone!

Patrons were favored with solos from our principal flutist, Kathy Baeth, Principal Horn Player, Gary Caselman and our Principal English Horn Player, Karl Hayes.

The Symphony performed Slavonic Dances Number 8 in G Minor (Furiant) from the first set, opus 46 – a lively and melodic piece! Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun was a succession of scenes through which passed the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. The symphony performed the English Folk Song Suite by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams. The suite consisted of three movements: March (seventeen come Sunday), Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy), and March (Folk Songs from Somerset).

The second half of the concert opened with Offenbach’s Overture to La belle Helene, the Beautiful Helen. This was a very dramatic piece with great acceptance from patrons.

A Spring Classic must have something to honor all of the Irish folks and folks who want to be Irish at least for St. Patrick’s Day – patrons were treated with the beautiful Londonderry Air and of course, everyone recognized the Danny Boy tune in this piece. What a beautiful piece featuring the entire Symphony.

Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky were the final piece of the evening. The Symphony featured three movements from Pictures including the Great Gates of Kiev. A most moving and inspirational piece again, featuring the entire Symphony.

This concert continues to demonstrate the outstanding talent and commitment of Russell E. Berlin, Jr., our Conductor and Director of Music, and our wonderful musicians. It was a Spring Classic to remember!

The Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. May 25 at Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. The concert will also feature the three Lee’s Summit High Schools Honor String Orchestra, the Young Artist Winner and the Metheny Foundation scholarship winners. This is a must see event!

Tickets will go on sale soon and are priced at $25 and $50. Likewise, patrons will, again, be offered the opportunity to travel via Kincaid Motor coach on a Champagne flight from Saint Luke’s East Hospital to the Kauffman and back for $15. This will be another Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra signature event. We hope to see you there.

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