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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 music he composed 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 this week’s program.  Recently, our own Shasta Symphony presented its winter concert, “Baroque, Beethoven and Beyond”, featuring music including  Tan Dun’s ”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 was paired with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, which provided the theme for the Internet Symphony.  In this edition of Intermountain Classics we will hear 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.  Also included in this broadcast will be 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 :  Allegro (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 (Members of the global music community   [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-Song of Peace from “Mankind” of Symphony 1997 (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Imperial Bells Ensemble of   China, Yo-Yo Ma, cello, and the Yips Children Choir)  [8.27]

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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