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Concerto in Delaware

Considering that the venerable Concerto for Group and Orchestra is a rare guest this side of the pond, we thought we’d pass this on as a public service announcement:

What: University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra and student rock band Dancehall Throwdown perform Concerto for Group and Orchestra. The Concerto performance will be bookended by two other pieces: Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (popularized by Disney’s Fantasia) and Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Where: Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Road, Newark, DE, USA.

More info: Delaware Online

4 Comments to “Concerto in Delaware”:

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    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Damn!!!!!!!! Just a little Too Far of a drive. Would love to see that. Oh well….


  2. 2
    Paul Jacklin says:

    Meanwhile in England you can also see a performance of this great work with its composer Jon Lord next month:


  3. 3
    T says:

    I always have considered Concerto for Group & Orchestra to be one of the finest concerti ever written and Lord’s best work of the orchestral genre. Even though it is not as mature an opus as his recent compositions, the Concerto, as his first attempt, has a spontanaeity and eagerness that other efforts lack. Produced under stress, this piece has a quality that, in my opinion, has never been repeated.

    Since its re-discovery, the Concerto has enjoyed a well-deserved renaissance. I do prefer the original performance, the somewhat indifferent attitude and medicore performance of the orchestra notwithstanding. The performance of Deep Purple on that night was nothing short of awesome, and the impromptu and much extended guitar solo on that old ES-335 is one of Blackmore’s greatest.

    The re-scoring must have been a nightmare to produce and de Goeij cannot be praised enough for restoring the work and bringing about the recognition this masterpiece deserves.

    That the Concerto was restored from the audio recording and what little of the orchestra which can be seen from the film is nothing short of amazing. Careful listening reveals that the new version contains quite a bit of guesswork and is slightly different in places; even the band plays it differently. I have toyed with scores before but could not imagine what went into the restoration project.

    It is exciting that this work is enjoying public exhibition outside of official Deep Purple circles this long after its original d√©but. Like Tracy, I also would love to see a performance of this–even without Deep Purple.

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    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Was actually in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday morning for Barbershop competition but back north by afternoon. Too much today including R&R (ROTD & Bananas during Sunday paper read)and errands but otherwise would have hit NJ Turnpike South to see this performance….

    purplepriest 1965,

    Down To Earth in queue!!! No Time To Lose… Gotsta love it! My Hero, if He hasn’t already, would shoot kudos to Your Black Hero!! D.A./R.B. & D.A./S.M. interplay…. Both beautiful!!!!



    But dare I digress

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