Riding on a Pony: Variations on "Yankee Doodle"
World Premiere of FMSO Commission
Piano Concerto No. 2
with pianist CLAIRE HUANGCI
Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
It’s one of the most beloved pieces in all of classical music, it has been used in countless movie soundtracks, and it has even provided the themes for two hit songs by Eric Carmen - All By Myself and Never Gonna Fall In Love Again. It is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s luscious Piano Concerto No. 2, of course, and the very GRAND finale of our season.
The concert will open with the world premiere of a commissioned piece by Dr. Dan Breedon, professor of composition at Concordia College. Riding On a Pony: Variations on “Yankee Doodle” is a charming overture that spotlights many of the orchestra musicians.
Leaving you on a high note until next season is the final piece of the concert, Ottorino Respighi’s spectacular Roman Festivals. The last and largest of Respighi’s “Roman Trilogy” (which includes Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome), this piece evokes various festivals and celebrations. Come prepared to hear programmatic music at its most literal: raucous Roman gladiator battle; a medieval pilgrim’s journey into the city; celebrations following a successful harvest; and a portrayal of people packed in a square on the eve of Epiphany. Listen for a variety of non-orchestral instruments including a mandolin, military trumpets, street organ, and even a drunkard portrayed by the trombone.