While we practice our social distancing, the TSO wishes you and your family well. To help pass a little time while you work to relax and recharge, the TSO has received permission to share some of our memorable past concert pieces.
Special thanks to Capital City Bank for helping to make this possible and for their ongoing support of the TSO.
March 28, 2020 edition
In today’s edition of “TSO at Home”, you’ll enjoy the sounds and words of our Principal Flutist, Eva Amsler.
Debussy is one of my absolutely favorite composers! When I play music in the French style, I’m always “seeing” impressionistic paintings – I love to think of “painting” this music with my flute while playing – multiple shades of green, how many shades of blue, and did you notice the ones in red, yellow, brown …….there is a sense of mystery, a patch of light and shadow, passion.
L’apres-midi d’un faune makes me think of my beloved teacher, the famous Aurele Nicolet. The piece starts with flute alone and soft – at the time a revolutionary idea – taking the listener in from the very first note. The flute is said to reach into an “other” world – a perfect way to step into “a painting”, explore the story – what a doorway to this masterpiece!
Mandy’s Bonus Performance.
Our “French Impressions” concert featured Pianist Conrad Tao performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto. Enjoy his gorgeous encore:a solo piano version of Le jardin féerique (The Fairy Garden)from the Mother Goose Suite.
March 25, 2020 edition
From: Mikki Sodergren and Michael Maliakel
Dear TSO Friends!
We hope you are finding lots of time to cross off all the little odds and ends of your to-do lists, and most importantly, we hope your family, friends and you are very healthy amidst this massive public health crisis! We are honored to be a part of the “TSO at Home” series, and are so happy to reflect on a time when had the opportunity to put together a dream project with your Tallahassee SymphonyOrchestra— “Star Crossed Lovers.”
There are so many favorite moments from this show but we’re offering two of our favorite duets to hopefully brighten your day while you’re stuck indoors! The first—if you’re looking for something fun and lighthearted—is a duet titled “Fine” from the song-cycle-turned-musical Ordinary Days, composed by Adam Gwon.
The second offering, in case you want to spend a little more musical time with us today, is “How Could I Ever Know” from the sweepingly romantic musical The Secret Garden, written by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon.
We hope these musical moments bring you some joy today!
Mikki Sodergren and Michael Maliakel
March 23, 2020 edition
From Carrie Holden, TSO Violinist
When my daughter Maddie (now 11) was born, many of my musician friends came to visit us in the hospital. One of them was holding my daughter, and when she started to cry, he began to sing the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. My newborn baby immediately stopped crying and looked up at him with a very contented look.
The beautiful simplicity of the tune, the surprising dynamic changes, and the lovely use of the lower strings (my daughter now plays the cello) make this one of my favorite pieces, and I thoroughly enjoyed playing it, with the TSO this past January.
I hope it brings you the comfort that it brought my daughter 11 years ago!
March 21, 2020 edition
From Darko… This work (Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony) has a special place in my heart. It is the first piece I ever conducted in concert when I was 17 years old.
The second movement I share here stands in my memory as a favorite – the beautiful solos by Matt Tavera (French horn), Eric Ohlsson (oboe) and Eva Amsler (flute), I remember with particular fondness.
I hope you enjoy the performance, and I look forward to staying in touch in the coming months. Though we have to socially distance, we can still musically connect!
NOTE: begins softly…. 🙂
March 20, 2020 edition
Today we offer the “Nimrod” movement from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, performed March 24, 2018. Enjoy our performance of this poignant movement, which allows us to meditate on the world unfolding around us.
NOTE: This one starts out “softly!” 🙂
March 18, 2020 edition
The first in our “TSO At Home” series comes from our May 4, 2019 event. Will Hagen was our featured artist and he has graciously granted permission for the TSO share our work with you in this way. We thank Will and all of the musicians of the TSO for their continued sharing of talent and time.