Sep 232013
 

This concert was a bit tougher to find in a movie, which surprised me, since Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is such an incredibly popular and beautiful piece.  Unfortunately, the only movies I could find it in are not one’s I’d be super comfortable posting here.  So I had to look at some of the other planned pieces for this concert.  Then I remembered the song, A Stranger in Paradise, from the movie Kismet.  The melody of this song was taken from one of the slow movements of Alexander Borodin’s Polovstian Dances, from the opera Prince Igor.

Join us on May 9 and 10, 2014, with Josh Wright and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and a rousing performance of Borodin’s Polovstian Dances, along with other Russian greats.  To listen to Polovstian Dances, click here.

Sep 162013
 

In February, the TSO is taking a trip into the stars with Gustav Holst’s Planets and John Williams’ Star Wars.  Our concert will be February 21 and 22 at Timberline Middle School.  This is one is obvious, but I’m not giving you the whole movie, just the opening title sequence.

As a bonus, I’m adding in a copy of a patriotic hymn of England that Gustav Holst set to a melody from Jupiter.  I’ve heard it’s in a movie, but I can’t find a clip.  To listen to Jupiter, click here.

Sep 102013
 

We are looking at our upcoming season and seeing how classical music runs through the movies that we watch every day.  In December we are holding a fabulous Christmas concert on December 16, 2013, at the Thanksgiving Point Barn.  Amongst other things, we will be performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, joined by ballet dancers from the Ballet Utah.

For this movie clip, I feel like I got to cheat a little.  In the original Fantasia, released by Disney in 1940, one of the segments was based on the Nutcracker Suite.  I picked my favorite segment from that suite.   The song is known as the Tea dance, and the Chinese dance, but here, we have mushrooms.  To listen to the whole suite, click here.

Sep 022013
 

Classical music creeps into the movies all the time.  Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore scenes from movies that have classical music in them and have something else in common.  The classical pieces in these clips are all being played in this year’s TSO season.  Be sure to get your tickets now!

First on our list of movies is the movie Babe.  Remember the cute pig and the sheep and farmer Hogett.  The first time we saw this particular scene, we wanted to know the name of the melody of this song, so we watched the end credits closely.  To our surprise, the melody comes from Camille Saint-Saens “Organ” symphony.

Join us on October 18 and 19 with Richard Elliot, the Tabernacle Choir organist, as he plays the Poulenc organ concerto and joins the symphony in ending the evening with this majestic symphony.  To hear the symphony, click here.

In the meantime, refresh your memory with a little Babe.