what’s on tap?

this saturday, sunday, and monday night, the oregon symphony squeezes into its collective dance belt, dishing out some exquisite ballet music from mozart and a veritable slew of slavonic jigs from dvořák.  smooshed inbetweenst?  the piano concerto #2 by camille saint-saëns.

why go?  okay, before we get to that, allow me to address any pronunciation concerns that have just flared up with the beav’s mention of monsieur saint-saëns.  it’s really no big whoop once you get the hang of it: simply put on your favorite beret, shove a hunk of baguette in your pie-hole, develop a severe sinus infection, tilt your head back, pinch your nose (firmly), and confidently declare: saint-saëns!  [keep practicing.]  okay, now that we’ve cleared that up: why go?  um, it’s gonna be good.  really, really, really good.  the symphony not only welcomes guest pianist inon barnatan, maestro carlos tosses the keys to cutie patootie guest conductor *michele mariotti who is sure to rev up the band’s engine for these outrageous slavonic dances.  yeah, it’s got a hemi.

oh – and if you’ve never checked out the pre-concert chats before, these are gonna be golden.  not one, but two (two!) of the classical beaver’s all-time favorite human beings will have microphones in their hands: 89.9 fm’s christa wessel and timpanist jon “animal” greeney.  catch ‘em both one hour before showtime!

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