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Into the Park

Well, it certainly has been a great week and a half here at the CSO.  As the Symphony's newest intern, I have been busy learning as much as I can about how things work around here.

By far, the most exciting conclusion to my first week with the CSO was the Into the Park Spring Gala held this past Saturday at Symphony Park. After a bit of a crazy evening (my ride bailed and then I took a wrong turn on the way to SouthPark, oops!)  I finally arrived at my first event with the CSO.

As a college student from outside of Charlotte, I have never had the pleasure of attending an event in Symphony Park.  So I was thrilled to find the stage decorated beautifully with bright tables and gorgeous spring colors everywhere.  What better way to usher in the fall season!  And then the guests started to arrive.  The park burst into a frenzy of activity as people began to greet friends and settle in for an exciting evening.

As the evening went on it was a clear to see that this was a successful event.  The food was delicious.  The music was exciting.  Couples swirled across the dance floor in a brief interlude between the salad and the main course, swing dancing their way though what was turning out to be a phenomenal night.  From early in the evening, people were already excited about the auction items.  I was lucky enough to be able to be a spotter for the auction, watching for bids.  Later in the night, everyone got out on the dance floor to have a great time.

Events like this are so important to the CSO.  Not only is it an instrumental part of how we raise money to continue bringing music to the Charlotte community but it gives us the chance to interact with our patrons.
After my first CSO event, I am so excited for the upcoming Summer Pops concerts.  I can't wait to see the lawn at Symphony Park blanketed with people, all there to have a fabulous evening listening to our musicians play.  I can't imagine a better way to spend a summer night, surrounded by family and friends, listening to sounds of the Symphony fill the air.
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Tagged as Dance, Fundraiser, Into the Park, SouthPark, summer pops, symphony park.


Originally Posted :September 2011

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnol
SARASATE Carmen Fantasy
DE FALLA Three Cornered Hat
RAVEL Bolero

This weekend's program features sassy, sumptuous selections, all with a Spanish theme.
Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, featuring CSO concertmaster Calin Lupanu, is a sprightly, vivacious piece based on Spanish folk melodies. The piece was featured in the opening credits of the 1935 movie The Devil is a Woman.

The Devil is a Woman
Also showcasing concertmaster Lupanu, Sarasate's Gypsy Airs and Carmen Fantasy are considered two of the most challenging pieces for the violin. Sarasate himself was a violinist, of whom colleague George Bernard Shaw said "he left criticism gasping miles behind him." Sarasate's fiery, fearless style influenced the violin school greatly and continues today.

Itzhak Perlman plays Sarasate\'s Zigeunerweisen \"Gypsy Airs\"

 "For 37 years I've practiced 14 hours a day and now they call me a genius." -Pablo Sarasate

In case you've missed it, check out the CSO Facebook and Twitter Bolero video countown, in honor of the finale.

Ravel's most famous work, Bolero is a Spanish style of dance that originated in the 18th century. Danced either solo or with a couple, a Bolero is in 3/4 time and of a moderate tempo. With a much more contained nature than the Sarasate pieces, the fire of this danza quietly simmers before it boils.

These impassioned, spirited works are distinctly Spanish, with all the verve and warmth therein. Join us this weekend for ¬°Bolero!
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Tagged as Bolero, calin lupanu, CSO Musicians, Dance, de falla, History, KnightSounds, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, saraste.