saint-saëns sandwich – part I

for the past 3 nights, the oregon symphony played host to the pride of pesaro: maestro michele mariotti.  in honor of his north american orchestral debut this weekend (sweet!), signor mariotti decided to serve up a nice hot piano concerto sandwiched between a pair of dance numbers.  the program kicked off with some ballet works penned by w. a. mozart, unsurprisingly crafted with gorgeous simplicity and pure elegance.  i’ll tell you what – whenever greeney’s banging calfskin, i know the band is gonna sweep the beav off its paws, and last evening was certainly no exception ~ bah-rav-o!

after intermission, the pleasingly packed schnitzer crowd was treated to eight (eight!) slavonically-flavored dances composed by the pride of prague: antonín dvořák.  there was absolutely no risk of bobbing heads during this orgasmic string of bohemian jigs… the only danger seemed to be some minor joint damage caused by an excess of toe-tapping and knee-slapping.  (jeez-o-man, the more this rodent hears from uncle antonín, the more i’m convinced this melody-makin’ master will remain unsurpassed when it comes to hummable tunes.  seriously.)  and the band was running on all 70-ish cylinders, delivering one orchestral climax after another.  cb shoutouts to chief cellist nancy who soared during the #4 and to the bang-bang boys of percussion who kept the hits coming throughout.  wowee, that bass drum got more reach-arounds than a…

[okay, even the beaver has limits.]

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