Fiddler on the Roof - The Gallery Players, Burlington, NC
Finale of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto - Itzhak Perlman and the New York Philharmonic

"Bottle Dance" - Fiddler on the Roof

In my review, yesterday, of the Burlington Gallery Players' production of Fiddler on the Roof, I forgot to mention the pit orchestra.  I know in the community theater productions that I've been in, I always really appreciate the musicians in the orchestra.  The cast members get to take a break occasionally, but the pit orchestra doesn't.  The musicians also don't get noticed as much because they're not onstage.  

The Fiddler (or at least one of them) was onstage as a character, and she did a great job, as did the pit orchestra.  It's easy in this production to pay more attention to the violins, but I also wanted to mention the clarinetist.  More than in any other musical I can think of, it's essential to have a good clarinetist for Fiddler on the Roof - and the Gallery Players do.  

Here's a clip of the Bottle Dance from the movie of Fiddler on the Roof.  At 1:00, you'll hear why an excellent clarinetist is essential - and also why I love the instrumental parts for this musical:


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