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FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to Brass

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Using a few measures from the Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe, conductor Jane Linde Capistran introduces the different brass instruments along with vocabulary words: fanfare, melody, and cadenza.

Musical Concepts - Violin

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Benjamin Sung is the concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and has been playing the violin since he was three years old. He enjoys the range of expression that is possible with the violin, a member of the string family, and demonstrates an excerpt from an opera. Mr. Sung also introduces the parts that make up a violin.

Musical Concepts - Viola

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Tim Nelson plays the viola in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. In this clip, he explains that he chose the viola at a very young age and has been playing it since orchestra was available in his public school. Because the viola is larger than the violin, the strings are longer and the instrument has a deeper and mellower sound, and to demonstrate, Mr. Nelson plays a short piece by Schubert.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to the String Family

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Jane Linde Capistran explains the various instruments in the string family. She has the orchestra demonstrate how the size of the instrument determines the instrument’s pitch.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Dance of the Swans

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Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by FM Symphony Orchestra. The ballet Swan Lake, composed between 1875 and 1876, is based on Russian folk tales. It tells the story of a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse; this selection appears in Act II as the swan-princess meets her hero.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Lullaby

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This lullaby’s melody is one of the most recognized around the world and is used by millions of parents to sing their children to sleep. The FM Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Linde Capistran, plays this famous tune for an audience of grade school students.

Musical Concepts - Trumpet

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Tom Strait, a trumpet player with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, explains the basic parts of the trumpet including the valves, mouthpiece, bell, tubing, and the different mutes that trumpet players use. Mr. Strait also introduces the flugel horn and the piccolo trumpet. Students will learn a quick way to make a trumpet at home and a surprising household tool that trumpet players often use when playing jazz music.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Hoe Down

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This lively piece conjures up distant memories of the Wild West, gunslingers, barn dances, and stampedes. Most recently this piece, by American composer Aaron Copland, was used by the Beef Checkoff in their “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” advertisements.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Capriccio Espagnol

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Written in 1887 by Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff; this piece is actually inspired by Spanish folk melodies. The work was originally intended to be for a solo violin with the orchestra, but the composer decided that the full orchestra would make the pieces even livelier. These selections also clearly show cadenzas for each of the families in the orchestra. Between pieces, conductor Jane Linde Capistran addresses her audience and explains the different sections of the orchestra while using vocabulary fundamental to music education.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to the Conductor

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The most important job of the conductor is to keep a beat for the orchestra to follow. Jane Linde Captistran teaches the students in the audience how to conduct a three-count beat pattern and invites them to conduct Brahms’ Lullaby along with her.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Symphony No. 9

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Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven is also recognized world wide as "Ode to Joy." From Beethoven’s final complete symphony, completed in 1824, this masterpiece is considered to be one of the best-known pieces of classical music in the Western world. Among critics it is arguably among Beethoven’s greatest works and possibly the greatest piece of music ever written.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to Woodwinds

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Jane Linde Capistran explains the woodwinds instruments through the musicians demonstration of melody and harmony with excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to Percussion

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What instruments make up the precussion family in an orchestra and what do they sound like? A quick tour of the instruments in the percussion family, including two instruments not often thought to be members of this family. Conductor Jane Linde Capistran also has members of this family demonstrate the diverse ways to play the cymbals.

Musical Concepts - Bassoon

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The bassoon is the longest, lowest instrument of the woodwind family, and Russell Peterson of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra enthusiastically demonstrates and explains his instrument. Mr. Peterson takes the instrument apart and identifies all of the bassoon’s pieces and explains how each piece affects the overall sound. Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Painting Concepts with Buck Paulson: Creating Movement

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Buck Paulson brings movement into his painting. He explains how he creates movement with color and placement.

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