By Melody Bober
Recital Suite Series
Minnesota River Valley travels to the great state of Minnesota and sails down the Mississippi River in four distinctive movements. Beginning with "Magnificent Minnesota," the suite opens with a majestic fanfare followed by a flowing, lyrical theme. The second movement, "Minnesota River Adventure," features bold and sweeping arpeggios in the right hand with a dramatic bass line to celebrating this historical, mile-wide river. "Lady's Slipper Waltz," the third movement, is a delicate waltz representing the beautiful orchid that is the state flower. The final movement, "Riverboat Rag," brings the suite to a spirited close with a toe-tapping, ragtime beat.