Symphonic ‘Summer’ Selections — Stay-At-Home Musical Activities And Performances #15

From the Southwest Florida Symphony

Until circumstances allow us to meet again, please enjoy these wonderful links and sites full of amazing orchestral music and activities!

Composers love to use SUMMER as a theme in compositions. Here are a few “cool” examples for hot days and long nights…in styles from Bluegrass to Tango!

Click on the title to enjoy:

Berlioz- Summer Nights, Op. 7 No. 2 ‘The Spectre of the Rose’Joyce DiDonato, Soprano
One of six love songs Berlioz composed using “the ideal genre to express the countless images of buoyant hope, insatiable longing, and heartbreak that permeated Romantic poetry. In “La spectre de la rose” the ghost of a rose returns nightly to haunt the dreams of a young woman who wore the flower to a ball.” – Jane Vial Jaffe

Mendelssohn- Midsummer Night’s DreamScherzo
Bobby McFerrin, Conductor Enjoy vicariously with this huge festival audiencegathered (closely) togetheron a balmy summer night in Leipzig!

William Grant Still-Three Visions II.Summerland
Eileen Moudou, violin. While not orchestral, this evocative violin/piano version stunningly captures a peaceful summer day

Mark O’Connor The American Seasons for Violin and Orchestra
Violinist Mark O’Connor’s wonderful jazzy/fiddle style, fun and foot-stomping!

Gershwin- Porgy and Bess’Summertime’
Sergi Gershenovich, trumpet Gorgeous, velvety, sultry trumpet solo

Vivaldi- Four Seasons Presto from ‘Summer’
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin Timeless, actually!

Piazzolla- Four Seasons’Summer’
Soyoung Yoon, violin A rambunctious tango for these sweltering SWFL summers!
(And listen for the Vivaldi references!)

Take the time to enjoy these great reminders of all we love and miss hearing, until we can meet again safely at Southwest Florida Symphony live concerts!

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