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Let’s Dance

March 4 @ 7:30 pm

$12 – $15

Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center

6:30 pm Conductor Chat

7:30 pm Concert


Alexander Glazunov: Concert Waltz No. 1

Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste

José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No 1, 5

Germaine Tailleferre: Waltz of the Telegrams

Johann Strauss II: Pizzicato Polka

Arturo Marquez: Danzon No. 7


BCO is dancing into spring with music from many different genres and composers that are sure to get your toes tapping and your body moving!

Our evening starts with a lovely waltz written by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov and then followed up by another waltz by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. A waltz is a piece of music with three beats to a measure which people can dance to.  A waltz is a beautiful dance where two people glide across the dance floor, with their feet always in contact with the floor.

Our evening will continue to explore the music of dance through the Mexican folk dance known as hupango. Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo’s composition Hupango is one of his most well-known and popular works. Moncayo based this work on the popular themes from the Mexican state of Veracruz, located on the Gulf of Mexico.

The next series of pieces include two of Johannes Brahams more well-known Hungarian Dances. Based on Hungarian themes, this work was inspired by Hungarian violinist Eduard Reményi. Brahams loved the Gypsy style that was Reményi’s specialty, and that style of music greatly influenced this piece of work.

While the Waltz of the Telegrams by female French composer Germaine Tailleferre is vastly different from the waltzes earlier in this program, this beautiful melody is equally as enjoyable and will make you want to get up and dance in the aisle!

A polka is a dance that combines three rapid steps and a hop and is danced to music in 2/4 time.  Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss II is written for plucked strings, meaning the string players will use only their fingers to play the notes of the piece!

The evening closes out with the exciting work of Mexican composer Arturo Marquez. Danzon No. 7 opens with a beautiful oboe and flute melody that will quickly bring you to the streets of Mexico. The piece quickly builds in energy and excitement and closes with a big brass finish!

Don’t forget your dancing shoes!


Fun Facts:

Brahms wrote 21 Hungarian dances that vary from one to five minutes!

Valse Triste was originally part of the incidental music he composed for his brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt's 1903 play Kuolema (Death).

Germaine Tailleferre changed her last name from Taillefesse to spite her father’s lack of support for her musical studies.

Johann Strauss II worked with his brother Josef to compose Pizzicato Polka for a trip to Imperial Russia.

Arturo Márquez is the oldest of nine children, and the only one to become a musician. Márquez’s father was a mariachi musician and his grandfather a Mexican folk musician.

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March 4
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$12 – $15


Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center
877 Bison Blvd
Buffalo, MN 55313 United States