When I inquired at the box office about the program performed by the Atlanta Symphony orchestra on February 3, the individual said it would be one of the best concert's I had ever attended. They could not have been more accurate. Listening to the orchestra play was an absolute joy. I felt every emotion imaginable throughout the performance. I played clarinet in elementary school and high school, and I did not have the appreciation for music at that time, so to say I was missing out would be an understatement. Attending any type of instrumental performance was agonizing back then. I dreaded stepping foot into a concert hall, but the concert on February 3 changed my view entirely. I have an increased respect for each person represented in the symphony. The discipline it takes to practice the hours needed to perform in such a manner places me in awe. The orchestra was mesmerizing, and I enjoyed each composition they performed. If someone were to ask me to choose which composition was best between Ravel, Beethoven Dvořák., I could not. They were each superb and unique, and I found one piece just as exciting and delightful as the next. I was studying the performers as they played, and I noticed expressions of sheer delight. Not only did they provide a fabulous concert for my enthusiastic ears, they also had fun in the interim. I am looking forward to the next concert.
Maurice Ravel, Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose), [I. Pavane de la belle au bois dormant (Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty), II. Petit Poucet (Hop o' My Thumb), III. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes (Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas), IV. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête (Conversations of the Beauty and the Beast), V. Le jardin féerique (The Fairy Garden), (1908), Romantic Era
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) wrote Ma mère l'oye in 1908 as a gift for his dear friends' children. The composition was originally written for a piano duet. He then...