Opening Concert 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 4 PM

The Batte Center, Wingate University

Johann Strauss      An der Schönen Blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)

Antonio Vivaldi      Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons)

The Union Symphony Orchestra offers a wide spectrum of music to suit all tastes, beginning with Johann Strauss’ popular “Blue Danube.” Originally written in 1868 for the Vienna Mens Choir and orchestra, the waltz is a sparkling  travelogue for the otherwise brackish waterway.  It has been used in hundreds of television commercials and movies.

“The Four Seasons” is a set of four violin concertos written in 1717 by the tall, dashing, red-headed Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi.   It marked a revolutionary musical compositional breakthrough, representing singing birds, a dozing shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, frozen landscapes and warm winter fires.