Orpheus in the Underworld. I love playing this piece and the bells played by Theresa added a lot to this piece. You can see other people in the orchestra enjoying as well by their body movement. I played second Mandolin. You can spot me in the third row, third person from our Accordion player (wearing a black top).
Music by Jacques Offenbach, performed by the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra.
Conductor: James Trepasso
Mandolin 1, Mandolin 2, Mandola, Mandocello, Octave Mandolin, Guitar, Stand up Bass, Concert Zither, Bells, Accordion, and Electronic Percussion.
Some background history:
"Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) is an opéra bouffon (a form of operetta), or opéra féerie in its revised version, by Jacques Offenbach. The French text was written by Ludovic Halévy and later revised by Hector-Jonathan Crémieux." (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpheus_in_the_Underworld)
Orpheus is a Greek mythology character who learned to play the lyre from Apollo and with his sweet singing voice "could charm wild animals and even cause trees to uproot themselves and follow in his steps. Jason and the Argonauts took him along when they quested after the Golden Fleece, and Orpheus saved them from shipwreck by drowning out the treacherously alluring voices of the Sirens with his own musical stylings." (mythweb.com/encyc/entries/orpheus.html)
He married Eurydice. When she died from a snakebite, the King of Dead, God agreed for Orpheus to save her by going to Hades but with one condition: he cannot look back at her. Guess what he did? She was lost forever. He swore never to love anyone else and caused "certain wild women of Thrace to tear him limb from limb in a fit of jealousy. They threw his head into a river, and it kept on singing all the way to the sea." (mythweb.com/encyc/entries/orpheus.html)
A sad story but the music is so upbeat that it is difficult to imagine the story behind it.
You can read more about burlesques and extravaganzas via this link:
"Planché is most noted as an author for his extravaganzas and burlesques, which feature abundant puns, musical parodies, and an elegant, refined sense of play."
Orpheus is a burlesque because it is based on the mythology. An extravaganza is based on fairy tales.
This performance was videotaped on my iPhone4 by my husband Joe League. Thank you Joe.
Other performances by the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra that Joe videotaped on the iPhone4:
Festival of the Arts, 5/18/13, Heels and Toes Polka and Cripple Creek: vimeo.com/66905849
Casa De Mañana, 6/28/13, Jersey Boys: vimeo.com/69398409
Casa De Mañana, 6/28/13, Les Miserables: vimeo.com/69846874
Thank you for watching!
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