101 in 1001: See the West Michigan Symphony

I can not believe I forgot to write about the concert that we attended in November! You would think since seeing the symphony was on my 101 list I would remember to blog about it… apparently not. Grandma Wilson and I went to see the West Michigan Symphony play Dvorak Symphony no. 8 and other Chez music. The music was beautiful and patriotic. I had never heard Dvorak Symphony number 8 till that night. It had folk elements throughout and the themes tend to feature the flute in a bird like fashion. The other two pieces tell stories. The first one is about a girl who is forced to marry one rich gentleman, but eventually is able to be with the love of her life. The other piece is about the life of Taras Bulba which is tumultuous and violent. I loved going and it was a wonderful evening. I highly recommend going to see the West Michigan Symphony if you are ever in town.

Full repertoire for the November concerts:

Bedrich Smetana                                Overture to The Bartered Bride

Leos Janacek                                      Taras Bulba  

1. The Death of Andrei
2. The Death of Ostap
3. The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba

Antonin Dvorak                                  Symphony no. 8 in G major, Op. 88

1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto Grazioso – Molto Vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo


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