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Familiar tunes, percussive street sounds, cowboy music of the Wild West and soaring melodies — these will be part of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.
In his second year as music director for LASO, conductor Dr. Ivan Shulman will lead the orchestra in a concert tour.
The Brahms “Academic Festival Overture” will open the concert. Composed as a thank you note to the University of Breslau, after receiving an honorary doctorate, Brahms included a variety of college drinking songs. Always the curmudgeonly joker, these appear loose and episodic — in a sort of “tongue in cheek” structure.
Violinist Roberta Arruda, originally from Brazil, will solo in the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3. Saint-Saens has been described as the “compleat Frenchman” — accomplished pianist, organist, prolific author on many subjects, linguist, raconteur and world traveler.
“I produce music like an apple tree produces apples,” Saint-Saens said. His third violin concerto is one of his most popular works.
The orchestra will explore some New Mexico lore in Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid Suite.” The music was originally written as a ballet and portrays the lore of Billy the Kid — gambler, rustler, vigilante and frontiersman. Cowboy tunes such as “Git Along Little Dogie” and “The Old West” are incorporated into the suite. Listeners familiar with Copland’s music will recognize his all-American harmonies and tunes.
A trip to Paris with a suite from George Gershwin’s “American In Paris” will conclude the concert. This tone poem depicts the impressions of an American walking the streets of Paris, listening to street noises and absorbing the French atmosphere. Utilizing a full orchestra, with lots of percussion and saxophones, Gershwin was one of the first composers to put jazz into American orchestral music, including blues and swing.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be sold at $15 for adults. Students and children are admitted free.