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‘Going for Baroque’ with Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

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La Dolce Vita – An Evening of Italian Baroque

Claude Lapalme, director of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, is bringing his unique Rosa Barroca orchestra to Gaetz Memorial United Church on Saturday, May 11. (Rosa Barroca means Baroque Rose and is a nod to Alberta’s wild rose.)

This orchestra is dedicated to performing music from the Baroque period (approximately 1600 – 1750) on instruments of the period or modern instruments that are faithful copies. What’s the difference? There are many! For a complete explanation, see this great video.

For a short answer, consider the violin: very different bows (length, strings, curvature), chin rest versus no chin rest, length and angle of  fingerboard. More generally, Baroque instruments were not standardized, they have a softer sounds, strings are gut and not silver wrapped, they are simpler in design and function, and on it goes.

Highlights of the concert will certainly include the performance of guest cellist, Elinor Frey. A longtime resident of Montreal and Juno nominee, Ms. Frey will play Concerto no.2 in D major on a unique 5-string Baroque period cello. She will also perform a concerto for two cellists with Rosa Barroca’s principal cellist Janet Kuschak.

Guest cellist Elinor Frey

Two aspects set Baroque music apart from that of other periods. Claude Lepalme says, “It is particularly tuneful, melodic and ornamental. It is also seen and heard like a battle of wits – either one instrument or a small group of instruments plays against the rest of the orchestra.”

Only the stringed instruments of Rosa Barroca will be on stage for the May 11 concert: violins, violas, cellos, bass, harpsichord and theorbo. This final instrument, the theorbo, is a lute and according to Claude Lepalme, is the most photographed of any instrument when it appears on stage.

Here’s why –

Rosa Barroca’s Esteban La Rotta with the theorbo

 

The May 11 performance of Italian Baroque music (La Dolce Vita) begins at 8:00 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church. Tickets are available through the Black Knight Inn Ticket office.

 

 

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Time to consider RDSO Season Tickets

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From the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

The RDSO Reveals Upcoming Season
The 2019-2020 Season has a lot in store for central Alberta. The Main Series will deliver seven concerts with programming ranging from Pachelbel, to Lapalme, to music from Broadway.


We The North | October 5, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Come hear music from Russia, Finland and Norway. Though conceived in icy cold climates, don’t be fooled – this music is still full of warmth. The first concert of the season will feature the newly appointed principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnold Choi, in the highly demanding and exciting Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev.
Featuring Arnold Choi, Cello
PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite


Czech Out These Bohemians | November 2, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Let Czech-born Edmontonian Zuzana Simurdova delight you in the very entertaining piano concertino by Bohuslav Martinů. And because there is no such thing as having too much Dvořák in life, this program will further visit the Bohemian countryside with his celebrated Serenade for Strings.
Featuring Zuzana Simurdova, Piano
MARTINŮ: Nonet
MARTINŮ: Piano Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings


Stringing The Holidays Together | December 7, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
A concert for strings only, featuring the Rosedale Valley Strings Youth Orchestra playing alongside the RDSO’s string sections. This concert will feature a variety of Christmas favourites and a surprise or two.
Featuring Rosedale Valley Strings | Conductor Naomi Delafield

On Broadway | January 25, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
The musical stage will come alive! This exciting pops concert will feature music ranging from old chestnuts to newly minted classics. From Cole Porter to Elton John, and Rogers & Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, there will be something for everyone.
Selections From:
Rogers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music; Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate; Claude Schönberg: Les Misérables; Elton John: The Lion King; Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady; Stephen Sondheim: “A Little Night Music”; Pasek and Paul: The Greatest Showman ; Stephen Schwartz: Wicked; Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story ; Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera


Canada On Canvas | February 22, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
An all-Canadian tribute to the visual arts. Among works by Somers (on Picasso) and Korndorf (on Maud Lewis), there will be an exciting new premiere. Our very own Claude Lapalme is composing an important new work to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven.
Featuring the Premiere of the “Group of Seven Suite” by Claude Lapalme

Water Music | April 18, 2020 | Gaetz Memorial United Church
Presented by the RDSO, Rosa Barroca returns with a full complement of winds to present audience favorites from the baroque period, such as the Pachelbel Canon and the Suites from Handel’s Water Music.
Presenting Rosa Barocca
PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue
ALBIONI GIAZIOTTO: Albinoni
HANDEL: Water Music


Finale Friday | FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre

Corey Hamm’s triumphant return to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. He will wow us with an energetic performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be RDSO’s concerto competition winner from Red Deer’s 2019 Festival of the Performing Arts, Kathryn Fakeley. This incredible young cellist will be performing a movement of the Kabalevsky cello concerto. The evening will end with the 1812 Overture by
Tchaikovsky. It will be a sound spectacular!
Featuring Corey Hamm, Piano & 2019 Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Winner Kathryn Fakeley, Cello
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2
KABALEVSKY: Cello Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture


For information regarding Season Memberships and a downloadable 2019-2020 Season booklet visit https://www.rdso.ca/

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Five More Things I Didn’t Know About Symphony Music (with particular attention to the upcoming Season Finale for the RDSO)

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By Jock Mackenzie

  1. Highlighted in a concerto of three movements will be cellist Cameron Crozman. The multiple award winning Crozman will be playing the big concerto for cello and orchestra. It’s Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and is one of the two most performed cello concertos in the world.
  2. The second concerto, by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, will be one movement featuring violin. Lacombe’s own, Harbour Lehockey, in recognition of being a 2018 winner of the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts, has been chosen to perform this piece.
  3.  The third major part of the Season Finale is by a Canadian composer, Jocelyn Morlock of Vancouver, and is titled “Oiseaux bleus et sauvages” (Why All the Bluebirds?)
  4. Other interesting facts: A concerto is a classical music composition that highlights a solo instrument against the background of a full orchestra.Ingrid Crozman, Cameron’s mother, used to play in the RDSO and will be attending the June 8 performance. 
    Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841- 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition.
  5. As a newbie to the world of symphony music, I don’t know when to clap. If there’s a pause, I’m tempted to applaud. I’ve learned otherwise. Here’s what the internet told me – A movement is a self-contained part of a musical composition or musical form. While individual or selected movements from a composition are sometimes performed separately, a performance of the complete work requires all the movements to be performed in succession.  Symphony Director, Claude Lepalme, tells me, “If you’re moved, applaud.” I’m good with that.

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