KW Symphony’s “Live By Request”

I attended the KW Symphony’s concert “Live By Request.” It was billed as an opportunity for the audience to decide what the symphony plays. I was intrigued enough by this idea to attend.

At each stage you got to choose between 3 selections on your cell phone. Sometimes the votes were very close and sometimes they were not close at all. Typically we chose between pieces by the same composer. 

It was a combination of light classics and movie music. Interspersed with the audience choices were a few pieces we didn’t have any choice about — but these pieces were uniformly delightful.

The symphony was joined by the Carousel Dance Company for a few pieces. I’ll mark these with a *.

Pieces chosen by the conductor, John Morris Russell

  • Dvorak — “Carnival Overture”
  • Offenbach — “Overture” from La vie parisienne*
  • Glière — “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from The Red Poppy
    • He pretended to give us a choice for this one and when we picked something different he said this one was chosen by the “electoral college system.”
  • Bizet — “Danse bohème” from Carmen Suite No. 2
  • Saint-Saëns — “Bacchanele” from Samson & Delilah*

Pieces chosen by the audience

  • Saint-Saëns — “The Elephant” from The Carnival of the Animals
  • Williams — “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Rogers & Hammerstein — The Sound of Music
    • This was a medley of songs — and the audience sang along.
  • Sousa — The Liberty Bell
    • This march was popularized by its use as the theme for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
  • Tchaikovsky — “Waltz” from Sleeping Beauty*
    • The dancers pretended to fight with the other dancers who were ready to perform the other waltzes we didn’t choose.
  • Williams — “End Credits” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Rota — “Love Theme” from The Godfather
  • Straus, Jr. — “Pizzicato Polka”

It was an extremely enjoyable concert. Of the pieces I didn’t know my favourite was Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture.”

I previously reviewed the KW Symphony’s concert “Edwin’s Final Beethoven.”

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