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Shasta Symphony Concert Preview & Franz Schubert Birthday Celebration

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February 4, 2017:  Recently I was reminded about a very exciting contemporary classical composer from China, Tan Dun.  He is widely known for his scores for the movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, as well as composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  You just heard an excerpt from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sound track as the opening for tonight’s program.  Next weekend at Shasta Symphony’s “Baroque, Beethoven and Beyond” concert, the orchestra will feature the music of Tan Dun in his ”Internet Symphony”, a first-ever collaboration between Google and Youtube to bring thousands of musicians together from all over the world to perform the first ever symphony via the internet.  It will be paired with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, which provides the theme for the Internet Symphony.  This week Intermountain Classics features highlights from this concert, including both Beethoven and Tan Dun’s version of the “Eroica”, as well as a piccolo concerto by Vivaldi and a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The program will conclude with  a musical celebration of the 220th birthday of Franz Schubert, including his “Unfinished” symphony, some beautiful choruses and an Impromptu for piano.

Hour 1:

Intro:  Tan Dun-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [3.18]

Vivaldi-piccolo concerto in C  mvmnt 1(Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Harry Bicket with Jennifer Gunn, piccolo)  [4.11]

Beethoven-Symphony No. 3”Eroica”:  Allegro con brio (Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein)  [17.37]

Tan Dun-Internet Symphony Global Mash Up [4.39]

Bach-Cantata #51 “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner with Emma Kirkby - Soprano and Crispian Steele-Perkins - Trumpet)  [15.36]

Tan Dun-Jubiliation from “Heaven” of Symphony 1997 (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Imperial Bells Ensemble of   China, and the Yips Children Choir)  [3.11]

Hour 2:

Schubert-Impromptu No. 4 in A flat major (Ian Scarfe, piano)  [7.41]

Schubert-Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” (Staatskapelle Dresden/Wolfgang Sawallisch)  [28.12]

Schubert-Three Choruses (Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus/Zoltan Vasarhelyi and   Istvan Antal, piano)  [11.10]

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