Piano Magic By Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra At Hill Auditorium

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In the month of March, I attended the musical performance “Harp Magic” by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra at the Michigan Theater and the performance of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at Hill Auditorium. Though the two orchestras, repertories, and venues were all different, experiencing the two performances in the same month allowed me to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role that symphony orchestras play in today’s society. By attending live performances of symphony orchestras in Ann Arbor, one can learn become engaged with musical history and the symphonic tradition, recognize the transformation of the function of symphony orchestras, and take part in enjoying and continuing the art that has also been undergoing…show more content…
The other two pieces that were performed, Handel’s Ariodante and Ginastera’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 25, made the concert interesting for the range of genres covered. As a well-known opera composer, Handel composed the overture for Ariodante, which is an opera in three acts. Alberto Ginastera’s harp concerto was finished in 1964 and is in three movements (Yadzinsky 14-17). In the second concert, Debussy’s Prélude à l 'après-midi d 'un faune, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird were performed. The French composer Claude Debussy wrote the symphonic poem in 1892 and based it on Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem, “L 'après-midi d 'un Faune.” In 1917, Sergei Prokofiev composed the Piano Concerto No.3 in Brittany, France, drawing on the ideas that he obtained over a decade (Laki 7). As one of many Russian composers who were faced with the October Revolution of 1917, Prokofiev may have foreseen more freedom and success in the West and the United States and left Russia; Prokofiev premier the concerto in Chicago, and it became his most famous piano concerto (Redepenning). A notable aspect of the piece is the “musical humor” that Prokofiev presents in the concerto, in which lyrical phrases are accompanied by moments of dissonance, all while demonstrating the
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