By tradition, St. Francis of Assisi staged the first live nativity scene in Italy in AD 1223. He wanted his parishioners to witness the humility, poverty, and simplicity that the Christ Child knew on earth–not just the solemnity of the masses at the parish church in nearby Greccio
What's your worst nightmare?
What scares you to death leaving you in tears at the very thought of it?
I've had to face one of my greatest fears this week in preparation for the TSO Halloween Concert.
I'm embarrassed to say that I've literally been reduced to tears facing this thing I swore I'd NEVER do.
Click here to find out what has me shakin' in my boots...
It’s concert week! Yay!
This is a special concert for several reasons. First of all, we’re performing Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, the “Pathetique.” That’s enough of a headline for me.
Yet, there’s more to be excited about. We’re also playing music by 2 master German composers, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The “Tragically Romantic” story of Schumann and Brahms is also enough of a headline for me personally, I’m fascinated by their story.
Yet, there’s still more to be excited about! We often have guest soloists, but we’ve never had 4 guests soloists who all play the same piece together with the orchestra. That’s pretty rare. Actually, it’s VERY rare.
One day in 1853, a young man presented himself at the Schumann’s home. He brought a letter of endorsement from the greatest violinist of the day, Joseph Joachim, who was a dear friend of the Schumann’s. The “young eagle from the North,” as Schumann called him, was none other than the 20-year-old Johannes Brahms.
When you were a kid, what was your favorite Christmas present? Maybe it was a new bike or a special doll? Perhaps a pair of roller skates or even your own pony?
I remember a few special presents, but one stands out more than any other. Not the Nintendo, not the Bazooka Nerf Gun, not even the new Michael Jackson "Dangerous" album (though that was pretty awesome).
You'll surely roll your eyes and think, "what a nerd," when I tell you what it was.
Join us on Monday, June 18th at 7:00 pm. American Fork Amphitheater, 851 E 700 N, American Fork, UT 84003.
Our last performance at the Amphitheater was a memorable one. Not only was Jeff Pew featured as our soloist, but it started raining halfway through the concert.
What do Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel have in common?
Not much, but they'll each be on our program tomorrow night.
As we make our way through Europe on our Magical Musical Tour, we'll make stops in Finland, France and the Hungarian quarter in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Luke Howard tells us more about these 3 great composers and their works we'll perform this weekend.
Some of the most colorful orchestral music in history was composed in the first few decades of the 20th century. One of the composers who worked during this time along with Stravinsky, Ravel, Debussy, and others, was Ottorino Respighi.
Pines of Rome is the final piece on our program this weekend and a showcase of the TSO's wonderful players. Screaming brass. Whirling woodwinds. Bombastic percussion. Sizzling strings.
And the Finale movement is as colossal as the Coliseum itself. You won't want to miss this one!
Here's a little more about Pines of Rome. Notes by Dr. Luke Howard.
On our Musical Tour through Europe at this weekend's concerts, one of our more colorful stops is in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Luke Howard tells us a little more...
Lord Grantham and Lady Mary will, unfortunately, be absent from our concert this weekend.
But one of the composers they surely would have know—had they been actual people and not fictional TV characters—would have been Sir Edward Elgar.
Here's a snippet from our program notes about Elgar and his great Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Op. 39. Notes written by Dr. Luke Howard.
There are only a few days left to take advantage of the low TSO Season Membership.
After May 15th, the price will rise from $120 to $150.
Your membership gives you 2 tickets for each concert weekend.
Season ticket holders can attend our special Pre-Concert "Meet the Artists" reception.
VIP seating and you name in the program are a couple extra perks we offer you.
Here's what Paul Gunther, former President of the Bank of American Fork and long time TSO Season Member has to say about the TSO…
How can a little flute compete with an orchestra of 70 musicians?
Does she even stand a chance?
This Friday and Saturday night, featured soloist Hillary Kimball will take the stage. John Pew and the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra will accompany her in Bizet's Carmen Fantasy.