SATURDAY January 18, 2020 7:30 PM

Waltz & Polka

By popular demand, we present a classic evening of waltzes , polkas , and Viennese bonbons, for an elegant and entertaining soirée! We launch the New Year in lighthearted fashion, with song and dance. Uncork the champagne, Prosit Neujahr!

Concert Programme

Conductor         Pierre Simard

Johann STRAUSS, JR.   Waltzes and Polkas

Selections by LEHÁR , von SUPPÉ , WALDTEUFEL , and more!

Guest Artists

Nadya Blanchette         Soprano

Ivana Ho, Bohemia Dance Productions         Dancer & Choreographer

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The waltz is a ballroom and folk dance, normally in time, performed primarily in closed position.

There are many references to a sliding or gliding dance that would evolve into the waltz that date from 16th century Europe, including the representations of the printmaker Hans Sebald Beham. The French philosopher Michel de Montaigne wrote of a dance he saw in 1580 in Augsburg, where the dancers held each other so closely that their faces touched. Kunz Haas (of approximately the same period) wrote, "Now they are dancing the godless Weller or Spinner." "The vigorous peasant dancer, following an instinctive knowledge of the weight of fall, uses his surplus energy to press all his strength into the proper beat of the bar, thus intensifying his personal enjoyment in dancing." The peasants of Bavaria, Tyrol, and Styria began dancing a dance called Walzer, a dance for couples, around 1750. The Ländler, also known as the Schleifer, a country dance in 3/4 time, was popular in BohemiaAustria, and Bavaria, and spread from the countryside to the suburbs of the city. While the eighteenth century upper classes continued to dance the minuets (by Mozart Haydn and Handel), bored noblemen slipped away to the balls of their servants.

 

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The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. The polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European countries, and is performed by folk artists in the Czech RepublicGermanyAustriaPolandSloveniaSwitzerlandCroatia and Finland, and to a lesser extent in LatviaLithuania, the NetherlandsHungaryItalyUkraineRomaniaBelarusRussia, and Slovakia. Local varieties of this dance are also found in the Nordic countries, Spain's Basque Country, the United KingdomIrelandLatin America and the United States.

 

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Johann Strauss II (25 October 1825 – 3 June 1899), also known as Johann Strauss Jr.the Youngerthe Son, Johann Baptist Strauss, son of Johann Strauss I, was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed over 500 waltzespolkasquadrilles, and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.

Strauss had two younger brothers, Josef and Eduard Strauss, who became composers of light music as well, although they were never as well known as their elder brother. Some of Johann Strauss's most famous works include "The Blue Danube", "Kaiser-Walzer" (Emperor Waltz), "Tales from the Vienna Woods", and the "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka". Among his operettas, Die Fledermaus and Der Zigeunerbaron are the best known.

 

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The waltz is a ballroom and folk dance, normally in time, performed primarily in closed position.

There are many references to a sliding or gliding dance that would evolve into the waltz that date from 16th century Europe, including the representations of the printmaker Hans Sebald Beham. The French philosopher Michel de Montaigne wrote of a dance he saw in 1580 in Augsburg, where the dancers held each other so closely that their faces touched. Kunz Haas (of approximately the same period) wrote, "Now they are dancing the godless Weller or Spinner." "The vigorous peasant dancer, following an instinctive knowledge of the weight of fall, uses his surplus energy to press all his strength into the proper beat of the bar, thus intensifying his personal enjoyment in dancing." The peasants of Bavaria, Tyrol, and Styria began dancing a dance called Walzer, a dance for couples, around 1750. The Ländler, also known as the Schleifer, a country dance in 3/4 time, was popular in BohemiaAustria, and Bavaria, and spread from the countryside to the suburbs of the city. While the eighteenth century upper classes continued to dance the minuets (by Mozart Haydn and Handel), bored noblemen slipped away to the balls of their servants.

 

Read more on Wikipedia.org...

The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. The polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European countries, and is performed by folk artists in the Czech RepublicGermanyAustriaPolandSloveniaSwitzerlandCroatia and Finland, and to a lesser extent in LatviaLithuania, the NetherlandsHungaryItalyUkraineRomaniaBelarusRussia, and Slovakia. Local varieties of this dance are also found in the Nordic countries, Spain's Basque Country, the United KingdomIrelandLatin America and the United States.

 

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Franz Lehár (30 April 1870 – 24 October 1948) was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe).

 

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Franz von Suppé or Francesco Suppé Demelli (18 April 1819 – 21 May 1895) was an Austrian composer of light operas and other theatre music. He came from the Kingdom of DalmatiaAustro-Hungarian Empire (now part of Croatia). A composer and conductor of the Romantic period, he is notable for his four dozen operettas.

 

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Émile Waldteufel (born Charles Émile Lévy, 9 December 1837 – 12 February 1915) was a French pianistconductor and composer of dance and concert music.

 

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Praised for her vibrant stage presence and voice, Nadya Blanchette leads an impressive international career of outstanding contributions (Cirque du Soleil, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, national anthems for the Montreal Canadiens hockey club, CBC radio & television...).

Nadya regularly collaborates with international and BC artists on various projects presented on all continents. As a guest soloist, she performs namely with choirs from Germany, Romania, France and Canada. She recently toured for a series of recitals for voice and 4 hand-piano.

Fluent in 5 languages, Nadya charms the audience with her generosity, humor and panache.

Curious and versatile, she enjoys performing in an array of styles and genres, from Broadway to opera, movie songs to jazz standards, sacred to new music. Nadya created 7 original shows for chamber orchestra and symphony and released 4 albums. Her achievements include media, film and teaching projects.

soprano is a type of classical singing voice and has the highest vocal range of all voice types. The soprano's vocal range (using scientific pitch notation) is from approximately middle C (C4) = 261 Hz to "high A" (A5) = 880 Hz in choral music, or to "soprano C" (C6, two octaves above middle C) = 1046 Hz or higher in operatic music. In four-part chorale style harmony, the soprano takes the highest part, which often encompasses the melody. The soprano voice type is generally divided into the coloraturasoubrettelyricspinto, and dramatic soprano.

 

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Bohemia Dance Productions was founded in 2015 by dancer and choreographer Ivana Ho. Their premiere performance, “Music & Dance”, was a collaboration with the Vancouver Island Symphony for the Timeless Treasure Series 2015. Since then the company has gone on to custom-build performances and choreography for a wide array of events and venues. From private parties, fundraisers, community events, festivals, corporate functions to grand galas and big theatre productions; Bohemia Dance Production proudly offers the highest quality of dance and entertainment in a variety of styles. The company’s artistic directors, Ivana Ho and Sarah Switzer, are passionate about bringing dance to our communities and promoting local talent; Bohemia Dance Productions employs professional BC dancers from many backgrounds, including Classical, Modern, Ballroom and Street. In partnership with Artstarts Canada, a non-profit organization, Bohemia Dance Productions has been bringing dance and dance history to schools throughout BC with their “From Ballet to B-Boy” tour.

Ivana is thrilled to be returning to perform alongside the Vancouver Island Symphony for their 25th anniversary season. Classically trained in the Czech Republic, Ivana has danced professionally with numerous companies throughout Europe and Canada. Alongside dancing, she has enjoyed a successful career as a choreographer, respected dance instructor, sought after adjudicator, and co-owner of Bohemia Dance Productions. Ivana has created many works for both stage and film and hopes to channel all of her experience, passion, and craftsmanship into creating this all-new, spectacular show with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Joining her on stage, among others, will be returning dancers Ian Szkolak and Ashley Evans.

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