This week is all about our Winter Concert piece, Amadeus! by Hoffman. It is a version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 25. To achieve a superior performance, our orchestra must learn how to perform with an authentically classical style.
There are many identifying characteristics of Classical Era music including homophonic texture with memorable melodies, simple yet driving rhythms, subtle, narrow vibrato, and light, clean spiccato.
There are some great resources out there to help us reach our goals!! I have included some links below of things we will look at in class and some other websites and videos for extra help. My favorite video is the masterclass with Henning Kraggerud. While he is giving a masterclass on Mozart's violin concertos and not his symphonies, his insights are still applicable. I love how he challenges the students to treat the music like voices of opera characters and portray different emotions while the phrases converse. I can't wait for us to try it too!! Happy practicing!!!
We need volunteers!! We are running a selfie booth and taking donations on Saturday, October 22nd from 3-9pm. If you can come and work the booth, you can earn money towards your fair share fees. Please see me to volunteer!! The back drops are being painted by Crockett Art Club students and are looking GREAT!! It should be a frightfully fun evening, so invite your family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who might want to support all of the wonderful orchestras performing there.
Below is the schedule for the day's performances. It is the same as the schedule handed out in class. Happy Practicing!!!