Public performances by all three Garfield Orchestras previously scheduled for March 10th were cancelled in response to COVID-19 concerns. On March 11th, the Garfield Concert and Symphony Orchestra performances were recorded during an in-school concert. Unfortunately, due to district-wide closure of schools beginning March 12th, in-school performance of the Freshman Orchestra did not occur.
Video recordings of the March 11th performances are available for viewing at the links below. Please enjoy these wonderful performances during the “pause” in regular orchestra programming!
3/11/20 Concert Orchestra: “Danse Négre” from African Suite, Op.35, No.4, by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Coleridge-Taylor was an English composer of African and European decent, and sought to do for traditional African music what Johannes Brahms had done for Hungarian music: to take its traditional melodies and rhythms and put them in an orchestral context. He was unabashedly proud of his paternal Sierra-Leonean heritage and fought racial prejudice in many forms through compositions such as the African Suite as well has his most famous work “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast”. You can view this performance here.
3/11/20 Concert Orchestra: “3. Danse des cygnes” from Swan Lake Suite, Op.20a, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Tchaikovsky took several moments from his ballet and arranged them into a suite that could be performed by an orchestra without dancers. Our performance includes the famous Dance of the Swans as well as the Finale of the ballet. You can view this performance here.
3/11/20 Concert Orchestra: “6. Scene [Act IV No. 29]” from Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Tchaikovsky took several moments from his ballet and arranged them into a suite that could be performed by an orchestra without dancers. Our performance includes the famous Dance of the Swans as well as the Finale of the ballet. You can view this performance here.
3/11/20 Symphony Orchestra: Symphony No. 2, Movements III and IV, by Jean Sibelius – The renowned Finnish composer Sibelius had recently premiered his tone poem “Finlandia”, a glorious ode to the Finnish people, when he began work on his Second Symphony. Many connections have been drawn between the heraldic nature of both of these works and the political movement for Finnish independence from Russia. Sibelius himself offered little evidence that he meant for his Second Symphony to be a political statement, but described it as “a confession of the soul.” The third movement alternates frenetic passage-work in the strings with a slow and beautiful oboe melody. The fourth movement brings themes from the entire work together for a series of increasingly grand climaxes. These movements are played attaca, without pause. You can view this performance here.