Sound and sights fuse in 'Flora and Fauna'


Concert: Symphony Concert "Flora & Fauna"

When: 7:30 p.m. April 20

Where: Cordiner Hall, Whitman College Campus, 46 S. Park St., Walla Walla

Yaki's thoughts: "The Walla Walla Symphony's April 20th concert titled "Flora amp; Fauna" is a breathtaking musical adventure, evoking the beauty of nature through sound and images."

Piece: Cantus Arcticus Op. 61 "Concerto for Birds and Orchestra" (1972)

Composer: Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928)

Highlights to listen for: During the first movement, there is a beautiful flute duet, the 2nd movement features the sounds of the Shore Lark and the 3rd feature the sounds of the Whooper Swans.

Did you know?: There will be a slide show of beautiful bird portraits by Liz Gill Neilson to accompany the music, and it will incorporate bird songs recorded near the Arctic Circle and on the bogs of Liminka in northern Finland. The orchestra, the visuals and the beautiful sounds of the birds make for a very unique listening and viewing experience.

Piece: Carnival of the Animals (1886)

Composer: Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

Guest Artists: Pianists Andrew and Alexander Scott

Highlights to listen for: There will be narrator Jim Bock, two young adult guest artist pianists and 14 complete movements for this piece. Most of the movements are dedicated to specific animals, and the orchestra represents the sounds that the animals make.

Did you know?: Saint-Saens did not want this work to be published. He only presented the piece to special friends, such as Franz Liszt, and it was only published completely after his death. It is one of his most beloved compositions and is especially attainable to children.

Piece: Symphony No. 6 in F Major "Pastoral" (1808)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Highlights to listen for: The symphony opens with a cheerful beginning, and by the second movement, the strings play a motif that imitates the sounds of flowing water. Toward the end of the movement, the oboe, clarinet and flute represent birdcalls. The third movement continues its cheerful beginning and depicts the country folk dancing. By the fourth movement, the mood changes to a violent thunderstorm. There are sounds of thunder, lightning high winds and sheets of rain during the storm. The fifth and final movement starts gradually, builds to an ecstatic culmination and is followed by a suggestive passage of prayer.

Did you know?: Beethoven demanded the attention from every audience member at each performance. He stopped performing at the piano if the audience chatted amongst themselves or afforded him less than their full attention. At soirees, he refused to perform if suddenly called upon to do so.


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