The Classical Concert Series - Concert III: The Bangor Symphony Orchestra

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Saint Saeuns's, Strauss, & Surprises

Christopher Blair

Guest Conductor

Michelle Kim


Franz Joseph Haydn(1732 - 1809)

Symphony no. 94, G major (Surprise).

i. Adagio - Vivace assai

ii. Andante

iii. Menuet: Allegro molto

iv. Finale: Allegro di molto

Camille Saint Saëns's (1835 - 1921)

Concerto, piano, no. 4, op. 44, C minor

i. Allegro moderato - Andante

ii. Allegro vivace - Andante - Allegro

Michelle Kim

Louis Moreau Gottschalk. (1829 - 1869)

Grande Tarantelle, piano & orchestra, op, 67

Michelle Kim

Richard Strauss's (1864 - 1949)

Tod und Verlärung, op. 24 (Death and Transfiguration)

Largo - Allegro molto agitato - Largo -

Allegro molto agitato - Moderato

I have been to various performances in various places in the United States and Russia. Among them, there have been good ones and perhaps not-so good ones. But none have ever been truly bad. The third in a series of six concerts being given by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra was performed Sunday afternoon, the 22nd of January and was one of the better performances I'd seen.

It was a delight to the ears and eyes. Each performance has its own characteristics, some following a specific theme while others touching on several themes. This performance had an eclectic character of presenting a wide selection of themes incorporating various composers from a wide era. I think the organizers made a point to choose a selection of very nice pieces from a wide era with music evoking differing emotions on purpose as opposed to concentrating on one theme.

This eclectic performance was conducted by guest conductor Christopher Blair standing in for Maestro Xiao-Lu Li, and included a fairly comprehensive orchestra with solo pianist Michelle Kim playing. The event began with a relatively better-known piece by Franz Joseph Haydn, the Symphony no. 94, in...