The premier season of the Friends of MSO Westminster Concert Series was a big success!
Many enjoyed the weekday respite with a wonderful variety of performers and programs.
You don’t want to miss the second season!
Season Schedule Friends of MSO at Westminster Village
Monday, November 26, 2012 Mavis Hiesh, soprano
Tom Schwartz, tenor
Armida Avanesova, pianist
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Serenade String Quartet
David Blakley, violin
Adele Maxfield, violin
Beverly Scott, viola
Anna Thompson-Danilova, cello
February 2013 Date and Time to be announced Outreach Brass Quintet
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Piano students of Liz Seidel, Piano Forte
The opening concert is Monday, November 26, 2012.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST
~Movie, Musical and Classical Tunes Kaleidoscope~
It is a perfect opportunity to recover from the Thanksgiving festivities and early Holiday shopping.
Come as you are. No ticket or reservation required.
Burton Lane Old Devil Moon from Musical “Finian’s Rainbow” Tom Schwartz, baritone
James Horner Somewhere Out There from Movie “An American Tail” Mavis Hsieh, soprano Tom Schwartz, tenor
Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore Can’t Help Falling Love from Movie “Blue Hawaii”
George D. Weiss Tom Schwartz, baritone
Anonymous Shenandoah Tom Schwartz, tenor
Aaron Copland/Lowry Shall We Gather at the River? Tom Schwartz, tenor
Milan Dvorak Etude No. 6 Armida Avanesova, piano
Fibich Poem Armida Avanesova, piano
Sasko Blues Armida Avanesova, piano
Warren Chattanooga Choo Choo Armida Avanesova, piano
Roger Quilter Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal Mavis Hsieh, sporano
F. P. Tosti A Vucchella
F. P. Tosti Malia Mavis Hsieh, sporano
Carl Nielson I Bear With A Smile My Burden (Danish Folk Song)
Alan J. Prater God of the Sparrow Mavis Hsieh, sporano Tom Schwartz, tenor
Mavis Hsieh, soprano
Mavis Hsieh, soprano Winner of several vocal competitions, Miss Hsieh also has many performing experiences in Taiwan, U.S.A. and Italy. She was heard as Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Other roles include Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro and the First Witch in Dido and Aneas. Her vocal education includes Bachelor Degree from National Taiwan Normal University and Master Degree from Ball State University. She teaches voice at Ji-eun Lee Music Academy, is soprano section leader in the First Presbyterian Church choir, and interns at Muncie Symphony Orchestra as Education and Outreach Coordinator.
Tom Schwartz, tenor
Tom Schwartz, tenor Tom holds a Bachelor Degree from Indiana University and a Master of Arts from University of Pittsburgh. His professional career spanned 40 years teaching German in the Unites States and in Germany. Tom’s musical experience includes opera, musicals and choral work. Currently he sings with the First Presbyterian Church choir. Tom delights in spending time with his two married children, a son and daughter, who are each married to Australians! His other pursuits are gardening, photography, reading and of course, singing. Tom recently joined the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and has been actively involved with MSO events and programs.
Armida Avanesova piano
Armida Avanesova, pianist Armida holds a Bachelor of Engineering Petrochemical College and Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Music College, Baku, Azerbaijan. She started her career as an engineer and worked for a construction design company. After 7 years Armida followed her passion, music, which has become her career. Armida has been teaching music (piano) for 34 years in a public music school in Moscow region, Russia. Her favorite music style is classic jazz. She enjoys traveling and loves spending time with her two grandchildren.
April 19th over 2000 mostly 4th and 5th grade students will fill Emens Auditorium for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Young Peoples Concert.
The theme is ANIMALS.
Carnival of the Animals composed by Camille Saint Saens in 1886 is among the selections on the program. You might enjoy a preview, but not all the animals will be heard at the Young Peoples Concert. The accompanying YouTube Videos are by Julian Rachlin & friends. A free copy of the Score is available. Ogden Nash wrote a series of poems based on the composition. Poems by American writer Ogden Nash
Camille Saint-Saens Was wracked with pains, When people addressed him, As Saint-Saens. He held the human race to blame, Because it could not pronounce his name, So, he turned with metronome and fife, To glorify other kinds of life, Be quiet please – for here begins His salute to feathers, fur and fins.
The lion is the king of beasts,
And husband of the lioness. Gazelles and things on which he feasts Address him as your highoness. There are those that admire that roar of his, In the African jungles and velds, But, I think that wherever the lion is, I’d rather be somewhere else.
COCKS AND HENS
The rooster is a roistering hoodlum, His battle cry is cock- a- doodleum. Hands in pockets, cap over eye, He whistles at pullets, passing by.
THE WILD DONKEY
Have ever you harked to the donkey wild, Which scientists call the onager? It sounds like the laugh of an idiot child, Or a hepcat on a harmoniger, But do not sneer at the donkey wild, There is a method in his heehaw, For with maidenly blush and accent mild The donkey answers shee-haw.
Come crown my brow with leaves of myrtle,
I know the tortoise is a turtle, Come carve my name in stone immortal, I know the turtoise is a tortle. I know to my profound despair, I bet on one to beat a hare, I also know I’m now a pauper, Because of its tortley, turtley, torper.
Elephants are useful friends,
Equipped with handles at both ends, They have a wrinkled moth proof hide, Their teeth are upside down, outside, If you think the elephant preposterous, You’ve probably never seen a rhinosterous.
The kangaroo can jump incredible,
He has to jump because he is edible, I could not eat a kangaroo, But many fine Australians do, Those with cookbooks as well as boomerangs, Prefer him in tasty kangaroomeringues.
Some fish are minnows,
Some are whales, People like dimples,
Fish like scales,
Some fish are slim,
And some are round,
They don’t get cold,
They don’t get drowned,
But every fishwife
Fears for her fish,
What we call mermaids
They call merfish.
In the world of mules There are no rules. (Laughing, In the world of mules There are no rules)
THE CUCKOO IN THE WILD
Cuckoos lead bohemian lives, They fail as husbands and as wives, Therefore, they cynically disparage Everybody else’s marriage
Puccini was Latin, and Wagner Teutonic, And birds are incurably philharmonic, Suburban yards and rural vistas Are filled with avian Andrew Sisters. The skylark sings a roundelay, The crow sings “The Road to Mandalay,” The nightingale sings a lullaby, And the sea gull sings a gullaby. That’s what shepherds listened to in Arcadia Before somebody invented the radia.
Some claim that pianists are human, Heh, and quote the case of Mr. Truman. Saint Saens on the other hand, Considered them a scurvy band, A blight they are he said, and simian, Instead of normal men and wimian.
At midnight in the museum hall, The fossils gathered for a ball, There were no drums or saxophones, But just the clatter of their bones, Rolling, rattling carefree circus, Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas, Pterodactyls and brontosauruses Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses, Amid the mastodonic wassail I caught the eye of one small fossil, “Cheer up sad world,” he said and winked, “It’s kind of fun to be extinct.”
The swan can swim while sitting down, For pure conceit he takes the crown, He looks in the mirror over and ovea, And claims to have never heard of Pavlova.
THE GRAND FINALE
Now we’ve reached the grand finale, On an animalie, carnivalie, Noises new to sea and land, Issue from the skillful band, All the strings contort their features, Imitating crawly creatures, All the brasses look like mumps From blowing umpah, umpah, umps, In outdoing Barnum and Bailey, and Ringling, Saint Saens has done a miraculous thingling.
Another piece on the program is the Overture from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus means The Flying Bat.
Can you imagine this 3 pound 6 foot bat?
Good thing it eats fruits and seeds!
Giant golden-crowned flying-fox Bat
Giant golden-crowned flying-fox
Ballet of the unhatched Chickens by Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition)
When Mussorgsky wrote “Pictures at an Exhibition” in 1874 he was inspired by paintings and sketches by the painter Viktor Hartmann. Hartmann drew 17 costume and set designs for the ballet Trilby, four of which are extant. This is the sketch that inspired Mussorgsky’s
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks.
Trilby was first performed at the Bolshoi in 1871, with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Julius Gerber, both celebrities in their day. The plot was loosely based on a short story by the French author Charles Nodier titled “Trilby, or the Elf of the Argyle”, published in 1822 (there is no relation to DuMaurier’s ballet Trilby, which appeared in 1895). Petipa moved the setting from Scotland to Switzerland, and made other substantive changes as well. The title was changed to “Trilby, the Demon of the Hearth”. The ballet featured children from the Russian Imperial Ballet School dressed variously as birds, butterflies and, as in this sketch, chicks still in their eggs. source
You will just have to see this piano playing cat for yourself.
The Catcerto by Mindaugas Piecaitis
The Young Peoples Concert is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please call the MSO office for more information. 765-285-5531
The Muncie Symphony Orchestra has many interests. Educating the public is a very high priority. Every year the MSO has a Young Peoples Concertfor all the 4th and 5th grade students from the local city and county schools. More about that in another post!
Everyone is invited to attend this free concert. If you are free April 19th at 9:30 am, and would like to come listen, call the MSO office to reserve seats: 765-285-5531
Music on the Move is another outreach program the MSO offers to the community. Quartets or quintets visit by request and present cirruculum-based, interactive short concerts to students. Thus far this year, the Graduate String Quartet has 19 scheduled performances. You might be surprised to learn requests also come from outside traditional educational institutions. The youngest audience was ages 3-6, and the oldest audience was 60 – 90 years old.
The theme this season is History of the Dance.
Graduate String Quartet L-R: Yulia Zhuravleva, violin; Lipeng Chen, violin; Eun Hey Park, cello, David Blakley, viola (filling in)
I thought you may enjoy these pictures from the Graduate String Quartet’s presentation at
the Alpha Center, an adult day care facility in Muncie.
Alpha Center audience
Yulia is talking about the piece the GSQ is about to play.
A happy tune!
The musicians enjoy performing as well as interacting with the audience.
Explaining how the Tango developed.
Eun Hey laughing about the explanation.
Enjoying the music
Lipeng listening to an explanation.
Looking over the violist’s shoulder.
Eun Hey playing cello.
Playing 2nd violin today.
Lipeng introducing herself to the ladies.
David is filling in for the violist. He is the principal violinist of the 2nd violin section in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
GSQ at play
Alpha Center Ladies
Intently listening. No she is not asleep.
Yulie is playing 1st violin today.
Music on the Move is scheduled through the MSO office and is available during the school year. If you are interested in a visit call 765-285-5531. Thank you for dropping by!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alena McKenzie, Executive Director 765-285-5531 email@example.com MUNCIE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Douglas Droste, Artistic Director April 30, 2013 – Muncie Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is pleased to announce …