The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 11, 1987, Image 9

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Friday, December 11, 1987/The Battalion/Page 9 Brazos Valley Orchestra gives show that sparkles SHORT ON CASH??? Sell your BOOKS . at University Book Store Northgate & Culpepper Plaza ; Happy 20th S Birthday Jeanne Whoop!!! D.S., B. B., C. H. NEED MONEY??? Sell your BOOKS at University Book Store Northgate & Culpepper Plaza 4!u SPECIAL GUEST 4^ 'Ur LARRY BOND V.V-'' crzs, A^yiMzx.aggr'E TRjU'DmaW TEXAS' OLDEST AND PROUDEST VARGAMING CONVENTION FEBRUARY 5, 6, & l* 1988 'Ur The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. By Brian Frederick Reviewer Over 800 people were treated to a sterling pertormance of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra Thurs day night in Rudder Auditorium. The orchestra, conducted by Franz Anton Krager, performed works by Salieri, Mozart and Tchai kovsky, supplying the audience with a delightful respite from work and studies. At the end of the evening, the performers’ efforts were rewarded with a standing ovation. Members of the audience praised the perfor mance with sucn adjectives as “won derful,” “thrilling” and “glorious”. One lady commented that she could hardly believe that the local sym phony was this good and favorably compared it with the Warsaw Sym phony Orchestra, which was here last spring. The orchestra’s stirring perfor mance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Sym phony in E minor proved to be no letdown from October’s perfor mance of Beethoven’s famous Ninth Symphony. According to Executive Director Wendy Dackson, these fine back-to-back performances “are a shadow of good things to come.” The orchestra opened the pro gram with “Axur re D’Ormus,” a short piece by Antonio Salieri.The piece was smartly played and dem onstrated that Salieri was a compe tent composer though by no means a great one. Mozart’s “Symphony Concertan- te,” which followed, made the dis tinction between good and great clear. Written for flute, oboe, bassoon, horn and orchestra, the piece quiedy sparkled. The soloists’ instruments gendy chattered back and forth to one another and to the orchestra. All the soloists played well, but Philip Alexander on the oboe was particularly outstanding.Tchaikovs- ky’s Fifth deals with the theme of man’s struggle against Fate. The first movement opens sol emnly with Fate’s theme slowly played on the clarinet. Man’s theme later enters heroically, but Fate soon returns to dog his steps, and the movement ends on an ominous note. The slow second movement paints a tranquil picture of life that is occa sionally disurbed by Fate’s discor dant intrusions. Warped Photo by Jay Janner A cheerful waltz in the third movement suggests that Fate has been routed, but the end of the movement reveals that it was only Fate masquerading. Hope for Man builds fleetingly in the fourth movement, but he soon finds him self in a race with Fate that he cannot win. The movement ends with a powerfully dominating victory march for Fate. Conductor Krager deliberately chose pieces by the rivals Mozart and Salieri for the sake of those who had seen the movie “Amadeus”. He wanted to demonstrate that they had been real men involved in a real ri valry. The works he chose revealed that while Salieri was indeed a good com poser, Mozart’s genius completely eclipsed him. If nothing else, the Orchestra’s performance is an indication that at least one oasis of culture exists in the supposed cultural wasteland of Rryan-College Station. The Orchestra will follow Thurs day’s concert with performances of Englebert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” in February. by Scott McCullar Ufl-M-I-L-IrE J X KVOW you'KE 0/ HERE- you COUGH up MV A/El L DIAMOND CP PISCS you ATE RI&HT NOW.. Waldo by Kevin Thomas I'M SORRY I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO COVER all or THE MATERIAL THIS SEMESTER... V. ['Em* BOOK Store] 11 Books & Get Bonus Money!! 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