Young Artist Auditions winner Allison Houldson of Morrison will offer two songs on the February concert, one by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from his opera The Marriage of Figaro and one by Cole Porter from his Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) was one of Mozart's most successful operas. The first of three collaborations between Mozart and Italian librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, the opera's libretto is adapted from Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais' play, Le mariage de Figaro. The action follows a day...(more)
So in Love is a Cole Porter song from his musical Kiss Me, Kate, which opened on Broadway in 1948. The musical is based on William Shakespeare's Elizabethan comedy Taming of the Shrew. It was sung in the show by Patricia Morison, reprised by Alfred Drake, but its wide popularity came as a result of a hit recording by Patti Page in 1949. Other versions which were popular that year were by Gordon MacRae and Dinah Shore. The song has been recorded by many other significant female singers, including Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald...(more)
In June 2017, the CSO will again offer a free public concert for the citizens of Clinton and the surrounding areas. Riverview Park along the Clinton waterfront is the site of the concert, which begins at 6:30 pm. Friends of the symphony are encouraged to attend and bring along with them their family members and neighbors.
Musical selections cover a broad range including the light classical, Broadway, television, and motion pictures genres.
Symphony @ Riverview events in previous years have been well attended by the public. To some it has become an annual social musical occasion much anticipated.
Check Back Later for a Listing of Program Selections.
Little is known about the early history of Peter Ily'ich Tchaikovsky's First Symphony. According to Modeste Tchaikovsky's biography of his composer brother, work was begun on the Symphony in March 1866, and the first reference by Tchaikovsky himself to the Symphony appears in his letter to his brother Anatoly of May 7, 1866:
At eleven o'clock, I either give a lesson until one [o'clock], or tackle the symphony (which, by the way, is going sluggishly) ... I always return home by twelve [midnight]; write letters or the symphony, and read in bed for a long time... My nerves are extremely fraught again, for the following reasons: 1) my lack of success in composing the symphony; 2) Rubinstein and Tarnovsky... spend all day trying to torment me... 3) being unable to shake off the thought that I might soon die without...complet[ing] the symphony.
In the summer of 1866, Tchaikovsky set off for a dacha near Peterhof, where he continued working on the Symphony. Here in June he began the instrumentation of his new work, as referred to in his letter to Aleksandra Davidova in June: "I've already started to orchestrate the symphony; my health is fine, except that recently I didn't sleep all night because I was so busy...". According to Modeste Tchaikovsky the composer did not like to recall the summer that he spent in Peterhof:
...the reason was his G-minor symphony,...Winter Daydreams....Despite painstaking and arduous work, its composition was fraught with difficulty, and while pressing ahead with the symphony, Pyotr Ilyich's nerves became more and more frayed... [H]e began to suffer from insomnia, and the sleepless nights paralyzed his creative energies...
His nervous disorder began to manifest itself in the forms of colitis, hypochondria,
hallucinations and numbness in his hands and feet. The dread of a severe nervous attack recurring was such that, after this Symphony, he quit composing at night.
The difficult time Tchaikovsky endured while working on the Symphony, however, did not alter the composer's working methods. Nine years later...(continue)
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857) was the first Russian composer to win international recognition; he is the acknowledged founder of the Russian nationalist school.
Glinka was born into wealth, the son of a retired army officer who left young Mikhail to the care of his grandmother and the servants while he spent his retirement redesigning his estate. A sickly child, Mikhail was easily manipulated by his grandmother to be entirely dependent on her for his well being. When the grandmother died, Glinka, aged six, was sent to live with his uncle where the lad continued with his studies in a more agreeable atmosphere where he was allowed to flourish without restraint..
Glinka first became interested in music at age 10, when he heard his uncle’s private orchestra. So taken with the sounds of the orchestra, young Glinka insisted that he receive music instruction along with his usual academic subjects. He was particularly fond of the violin and the flute, instruments he eventually played in his uncle's orchestra. He attended the Chief Pedagogic Institute at St. Petersburg (1818–22) where, like most sons of the nobility, he studied to join the civil service; at the same time, he took piano lessons with the Irish pianist and composer John Field. Following his schooling, he worked for four years in the Ministry of Communication as the assistant secretary for Public Highways, a job so undemanding that Glinka lost...(continue)
Allison Houldson is a senior at Morrison High School. Her parents are Debbie and Greg Houldson. She has studied voice with Kathy Janicek for five years. Allison has been in choir since fifth grade. She has been in Madrigals since her freshman year and has performed in her high school’s spring musical every year for four years. She is also the treasurer of her school’s Thespian’s Society. Allison has participated in the ILMEA District choir for four years and participated in ILMEA All-State and performed in the Honor’s choir her junior and senior year.
In addition to music, she participates in several other school activities. She is the secretary of her school’s Key Club and is a senior leader in her school’s leadership program: B.L.I.N.D. She has also played the flute in her high school’s band for four years. She is also a member of National Honors Society. After she graduates high school, she plans on going to college in Illinois to double major in vocal performance and biology.
Allison, a soprano, will sing Suzanna's aria Deh vieni, non tardar from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and So In Love from Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter. She will appear on the February 25 concert.
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