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Symphony of the Lakes will present “Hobbits and Fairies” at the Winona Heritage Room on October , 2023, at 8pm.


Still: Wood Notes is a composition by the American composer William Grant Still. Still (1895–1978) was a prominent figure in the 20th-century classical music scene, known for his contributions to both orchestral and chamber music, as well as his role in breaking racial barriers in the classical music world. The composition is characterized by its melodic charm, colorful orchestration, and reflective mood. Still’s use of lush harmonies and lyrical flute passages captures a sense of serenity and beauty, reminiscent of a tranquil forest setting. “Wood Notes” is just one example of Still’s ability to blend classical music with elements of American folk traditions and his distinctive voice as a composer.

Symphonic Suite from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a musical composition created by Howard Shore and orchestrated by John Whitney. It is derived from Shore’s original score for the 2001 film “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” directed by Peter Jackson and based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel. Howard Shore’s score for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is renowned for its complexity, depth, and ability to enhance the storytelling through music. It incorporates diverse musical elements, including memorable character themes, atmospheric textures, and dramatic orchestration. The symphonic suite likely captures some of these elements while condensing them into a standalone orchestral performance piece.

Mendelssohn: Incidental Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 is a musical composition by Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” music is celebrated for its imaginative quality, melodic charm, and ability to evoke the whimsy and enchantment of Shakespeare’s play. The incidental music, written for specific scenes in the play, features a range of compositions from dances to atmospheric pieces that enhance the storytelling. One of the most famous pieces from the incidental music is the “Wedding March,” often used in weddings to this day.

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