CSO Chamber Players
Arrangements for wind quintet
Gioachino ROSSINI Overture from The Barber of Seville
Percy GRAINGER Molly on the Shore
Joseph HAYDN Divertimento No. 1
Paul DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Waltz No. 2, Tahiti Trot
Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances in the ACT, the CSO has made the difficult decision to cancel this concert.
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This final concert in our inaugural Chamber Classics Series comprises beloved works by Rossini, Grainger, Haydn, Dukas and Shostakovich. Each piece is arranged for wind quintet, a versatile ensemble capable of both flamboyant extroversion and delicate sensitivity.
Highlights of the program include the overture from The Barber of Seville, one of Rossini’s numerous, well-loved operas, and Dukas’ feverish Sorcerer’s Apprentice. For many, the latter has become inextricably associated with Walt Disney’s iconic Fantasia – fortunately, our musicians possess agility and virtuosity well beyond the hapless Mickey Mouse. In this arrangement, the quintet does the work of a full orchestra in conjuring up the rich sound world: ethereal and mysterious, punctuated by frenzied musical outbursts and building to a dramatic climax.
This program also features reimaginings of two popular works by Shostakovich, the slinky Waltz No. 2 and the contrastingly cheeky Tahiti Trot. The latter is, itself, a reimagining of Tea for Two from the 1925 musical comedy No, No, Nanette. Legend has it that Shostakovich produced the Tahiti Trot in under an hour.