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November 18, 2013

what on earth is a cimbalom?

what on earth is a cimbalom?

Sometimes when I attend LACO concerts, I’m excited for very specific reasons. Perhaps there’s an unfamiliar composer or a premiere that I’m looking forward to hearing, or maybe there’s a piece I’m actually familiar with that I get to hear performed live for the first time. This past weekend, at the Beethoven: Pastoral concert at the Alex Theater, my expectations were slightly lower: I just wanted to stay awake. My day had started very early that morning, and I hadn’t slept well the night before, so if I could keep my eyes open throughout the entire concert, the evening would be a success. And don’t go pretending you’ve never walked into an event thinking the same thing! I’m happy to report that not only did my eyes stay wide open, but I had a great time, too.

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beethoven's disney moment
November 10, 2013

LACO’s upcoming concert features a landmark of the Romantic symphony: Beethoven’s Sixth — known as the “Pastoral.” For many music lovers, it is a gorgeous five-movement piece that suggests scenes in the countryside and provides evidence of Beethoven’s burgeoning embrace of programmatic music. For some in the audience, however, it will conjure up images of fauns, unicorns and the gods on Mount Olympus. This is the influence of Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

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cellousy
November 05, 2013

Haydn: Cello Concerto ranked among my favorite performances from LACO over the past two years I’ve been blogging.

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