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Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra Presents “At a Viennese Ball” on Feb. 21

Members of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. Photo-COLEMAN LOCKE

Members of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. Photo-COLEMAN LOCKE

Symphony creates an afternoon of culture and romance

In their first performance of 2016, the artists of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO) 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. The symphony creates an afternoon of romance, “At a Viennese Ball,” on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, creates a program showcasing the finest of the classic German composers, while including a few 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. The audience also hears 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!

The event 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.

“At a Viennese Ball” provides an over-the-top romantic soundtrack for February, the month of romance. Tickets begin at $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are $5 each, and teens are $10 per ticket. Discounts are available for college students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.


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