For this week’s Digital Concert Hall selection, we bring you the famous Prelude to Act 3 from the opera The Valkyries (Die Walkuere*), composed by Richard Wagner. Or, as some of us may know it, Elmer Fudd’s signature aria, Kill Da Wabbit.
But it’s perfectly acceptable to refer to this piece as Ride of the Valkyries.
Ride of the Valkyries is one of the most famous pieces of orchestral music ever composed, one that’s instantly recognizable, used in movies since the early 1900s (if you DON’T think of this as Looney Tunes and Elmer Fudd, you might be thinking of the attack helicopters in Apocalypse Now), and…a piece of concert music that almost never came to be.
You see, the composer, Richard Wagner, was not a fan of the idea of separating this music from the entire opera, going so far to call standalone performances “an utter indiscretion”. However, one year after the whole opera premiered, Wagner himself conducted the famous Ride in London.
Be sure to enjoy Maestro Tchivzhel’s preview, and we recommend full volume for this one! https://youtu.be/H5Fq5YtqFKU
Happy New Year from the GSO! We’re celebrating New Year’s Eve Viennese Style, with two smash hit selections for you to ring in 2021 with: The Blue Danube Waltz (heard extensively in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and a piece the great Johannes Brahms wished he’d composed!) and the Thunder and Lightning Polka. https://youtu.be/NiV5H7LqeQg. Both pieces are composed by Johann Strauss II. Vienna has a long tradition of throwing THE New Year’s Eve party, and we’d like to invite you back to that gilded time and invite you to dance the night away.
Behind all great music are the people who make it possible. At the Greenville Symphony, those are our valued musicians, patrons, students, and staff. We are committed to you and the Greenville community.
For the health and safety of all, Holiday at Peace was performed and recorded without a live audience. Holiday at Peace is presented by our incredible partner United Community Bank. For nearly thirty years, this concert has been the Symphony’s annual musical Christmas present to Greenville and we are committed to continuing that vibrant tradition.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the GSO! Please accept this video highlight of Holiday at Peace 2020 as a small token of our appreciation.
From all of us at the Greenville Symphony, Happy Holidays! We look forward to celebrating music together with you, live and in-person, very soon.
Music Director and Conductor
C. Dan Adams
Board of Directors
We’re sure many of you remember Santa’s presents…especially that big one under the tree. Remember that? The huge mystery box that just HAD to have something beyond magical inside? (Full disclosure: for your narrator, it was the Milenium Falcon). Today for the Digital Concert Hall, we have a musical Christmas present that truly is in the spirit of that giant mystery box: FOUR songs, including White Christmas, The Twelve Gifts of Christmas, The March of the Toys, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
December 11th This week on the Digital Concert Hall, we have the GSO performing a piece that’s a musical version of your favorite warm winter blanket: Arranger Bob Krogstad’s The Bells of Christmas. If you’ve been to Holiday at Peace, you’ve heard this medley of some of the best-loved Christmas songs. Especially the grab your sunglasses and beach towel version of Jingle Bells. You’ll also hear Ding Dong Merrily on High, Carol of the Bells (can’t miss that one!) Silver Bells and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Eve. Check out Maestro Tchivzhel’s preview and then enjoy another musical stocking stuffer from the GSO here: https://youtu.be/_9sJiOUwNek