Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents At a Viennese Ball
In their first performance of 2016, the artists of the Fort Bend Symphony bring glorious waltzes, marches and traditional dance selections designed to transport the audience to Vienna, Austria during one of its most glamorous time periods. The performance also includes intermission entertainment by Dolce Strings.
Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, creates a program showcasing the finest of the classic German composers, while including a few of our own modern American favorites. Much of the music will be familiar to the audience, and other selections may be new discoveries.
Featured composers include Johann Strauss II, with the hauntingly familiar waltz Blue Danube, and the Artists’ Quadrille, written for the opening of the ball “Hesperus” in 1858. The high-spirited Tritsch Tratsch Polka was written the same year, following Strauss’ successful Russian tour. We also hear from Johann Strauss, Sr, as FBSO performs one of the Vienna Philharmonic’s favorites, the Radetzy March.
The perennial favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, is also on the program, as well as a more modern selection, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ March Past of the Kitchen Utensils. This lively march accompanied the story of a judge who put his dog on trial for stealing a bit of cheese. To testify as character witnesses on his behalf, the dog calls in some kitchen utensils, including his supper dish.
At a Viennese Ball will also feature a performance by the winner of the FBSO Marielle Ogletree Concerto Competition, as well as a rendition of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto by the winner of December’s HTMA competition.
Rounding out the program are Tango Lullaby from the popular 20th century American composer, Don Gillis, and Leroy Anderson’s 1952 sultry Blue Tango.