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FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Light Cavalry Overature

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This piece is actually the overture to Franz von Suppe’s operetta Light Cavalry. The operetta premiered in Vienna in 1866, and while the overture is in the repertoire of orchestras around the world, the full operetta is rarely performed.

Musical Concepts - Clarinet

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Leigh Wakefield explains why he so enjoys playing the clarinet. Throughout the clip, he describes why music is like coloring and how mood and feeling can be heard in music.

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.

Musical Concepts - Oboe

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Jennifer Peterson demonstrates why the oboe is known as the ‘snake charming instrument,’ explains why one of the most important jobs in the orchestra belongs to the oboe, and how a double-reed instrument is played.

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.

Musical Concepts - Flute

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Debora Harris chose the flute as her instrument when she was in the fifth grade and counts herself lucky every day to be able to play as her job. In this clip, she explains why the flute is part of the woodwind family when it’s actually made out of metal. She also demonstrates the range of notes the flute can play and discusses the types of music available for flute players.

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.

Musical Concepts - Tympani

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Kenyon Williams of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra demonstrates the specialized features of the tympani, including the different mallets that are used and the foot pedal that allows the instrument to be tuned.

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.

Musical Concepts - Drum Set

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Percussionist Tom Christianson demonstrates the styles of music that can be played on a drum set and explains the components that make up the set, including the different drums and cymbals.

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.

Musical Concepts - Mallet Percussion

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Chris Mahan of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra introduces the various members of the percussion family that are played with mallets: xylophone, glockenspiel or orchestral bells, vibraphone, and chimes. Mr. Mahan explains what each instrument is made of and demonstrates how those materials affect each instrument’s sound.

Musical Concepts - French Horn

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French horn player Karin Wakefield explains the evolution of the modern French horn, the qualities of the sounds the instrument makes, and how the sound is produced.

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.

Musical Concepts - Conductor

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Jane Linde Capistran, associate conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, explains the duties of the orchestra’s conductor, including choosing musical selections and leading the orchestra in the style and tempo she desires. She uses a baton in her right hand and gestures with her left hand to communicate messages to individual musicians, sections, or the entire orchestra.

Musical Concepts - Trombone

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Edward Huttlin has been playing the trombone for almost fifty years, more than thirty of those years with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He demonstrates the variety of sounds the instrument can make, including his favorite, the glissando, and he also demonstrates how the musician makes sound come from a brass instrument.

Musical Concepts - Drums

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Principal percussionist for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Kenyon Williams introduces the traditionally known members of the drum, or percussion, family. Mr. Williams explains the snare drum, the tambourine, the tom toms, and the bass drum and explains that the larger the drum, the deeper the sound.

Musical Concepts - Cello

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Elise Buffat Nelson demonstrates the versatility of the cello, from the dramatic low notes of the “Jaws” theme music to the calm and melodic piece “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens. Ms. Buffat Nelson also presents a short history of the instrument and a demonstration of an invention that changed the way the cello was played.

Musical Concepts - Cymbals

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Percussionist Brian Kirchhoff demonstrates the simplicity of the triangle, the versatility of different cymbals, and the resonance of different gongs.

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.

Rex: King of Instruments

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Students learn about the range of a pipe organ in "Rex: King of Instruments." The narrator uses simplistic rhymes in a "Dr. Seuss-like" style in an attempt to capture and maintain the interest of young audiences. The energizing song is performed by organist Andrew Steinberg and the video is narrated by Merril Piepkorn.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Danzas Cubanas

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Featuring many different members of the percussion family, Danzas Cubanas is actually a collection of three Latin American dances: the conga, the salsa, and the mambo.

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