One of the big categories of music is for dancing.
During the early 19th Century, when the waltz first came to prominence, it was very much a ballroom dance and not much else. Yet with the development of Romantic music, especially through Chopin and Johann Strauss, the waltz became more of an emblem, to the point that in modern society the waltz’s emblematic meaning has more relevance than its actual function as a dance. By tradition, cities across the world including Vienna and Hong Kong celebrate the New Year by having a concert of waltzes, but the question remains: how did the waltz acquire such an emblematic significance?
$160 (in advance, Fringe members), $200 (on the day); includes one standard drink
Admission: 30 minutes before show time.
Limited seats, first-come-first-served.
Drink coupon will be distributed at the door.
No outside drink or food is allowed inside the venue.
The Austrian composer Franz Schubert often enjoyed the delightful company of his friends. They would meet regularly in the ‘Schubertiade’,reciting poems and singing Schubert’s songs for each other. In a sense, this lifestyle is the perfect reflection of Schubert’s musical style. He had an knack of creating catchy tunes (as in the ones used in the McDull movies) but his genius was in providing those catchy tunes with equally seducing company, or rather, accompaniment. This concert will explore how Schubert always finds the perfect accompaniment to give the melody a complementing atmosphere and aura, charming audiences past and present.
Music is the expression of life, and life is inseparable from nature. Us urban dwellers may feel disconnected from Mother Nature, yet that is all the more essential that we sought tranquility or refuge in the woods and the waters and the living beings of the countryside.
This concert brings to you the harmony of nature as heard through the composer’s mind, from the undercurrents of the swan lake, to the minuscule movements of a spider; from the hard working ox in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to the free soaring lark of Haydn’s string quartet.