November 7, 2016. Concert Notes.

Romantic Celebrations

November 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Brunswick High School Auditorium
Luis Haza, Music Director and Conductor


Invitation to the Dance                                                                        Carl Maria von Weber

        Artists: Bess Chambliss and Val Salnikov

March of the Toy Soldiers from The Nutcracker                           Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Hungarian March – “Rackoczi”                                                           Hector Berlioz

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana                                            Pietro Mascagni

Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut Act III                                          Giacomo Puccini

Bolero                                                                                                        Maurice Ravel

Artists: Bess Chambliss and Val Salnikov


Capriccio Italiano                                                                                    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Die Fledermaus Overture                                                                       Johan Strauss, Jr.



Experience Romantic Celebration …

as the orchestra entertains us with an evening of captivating music which celebrates dance.  Invitation to the Dance was a piano piece written by German composer Carl von Weber in 1819 and later orchestrated by French composer Hector Berlioz in a concert waltz form meant for listening rather than dancing.  Lucky for us, artists Bess Chambliss and Val Salnikov will bring the piece to life giving us the story of a young man’s invitation, her initial refusal, the dance itself and his appreciation.  Later, the dancers will return to perform Bolero, French composer Maurice Ravel’s most famous musical composition.  It is a one-movement orchestral piece originally composed as a ballet but rarely staged as a ballet.  Beginning with the quiet but intense flute and snare drum, the music continues building in a constant crescendo as the clarinet and bassoon join in the piece heard in the film “10” with Bo Derek.

Val Salnikov has performed nationally and internationally. He has worked with musicians Mstislav Rostropovich and Winton Marsalis, and choreographer Georgia Balanchine.  Bess Chambliss, owner of Classical Pilates by Bess LLC coproduced and danced in her first performance, “From Russia with Ballet” in 2014.  This is their second appearance with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia.

The Hungarian March, Rackoczi follows, a piece by Berlioz written in honor of Ferenc Rackoczi, a Hungarian military hero.

Puccini’s Intermezzo falls at mid-point in his four-act opera, Manon Lescaut, when everything has begun to go wrong for the materialistic and ultimately doomed heroine.  The music runs the gamut of emotions and serves as a microcosm of the story with glimpses of sweetness, passion, spinning out of control, and wistfulness

Following intermission, a fantasy for orchestra from Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italiano.  Listen for a bugle call that opens the piece, followed by a stoic, heroic melody from the strings, then music sounding like an Italian street band, a march and finally a tarantella or group of Italian folk dance.

The evening closes with the Die Fledermaus Overture which invites us to engage with the music as the orchestra performs the many tunes that appear during the course of the action of Johan Strauss, Jr.’s popular operetta.