Competition winners to be featured during University Symphony concert

November 5 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The University Symphony, under the baton of William Davis, will open the program with four songs by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.

Blind from the age of three, Rodrigo wrote these songs in 1947, and orchestrated them the following year. They are entitled “Four Madrigals of Love” and described as being “Inspired by Spanish Music of the 16th Century”. Soprano Amanda Writtenhouse, a native of Columbia City, co-winner of the 2007 Paul W. Hagan Concert/Aria Auditions will join the orchestra for this performance.

Brian Loomis of Shelbyville, the other winner of the annual competition, will perform the first movement of Gordon Jacob’s “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra,” written in 1955. This powerful work is dedicated to the legendary British trombonist and teacher, Denis Wick.

The second half of the concert will feature the monumental, energetic “Symphony #7” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven called this “one of my best works,” and the audience at the premier was so taken with the famous Allegretto, that Beethoven had to repeat it as an encore.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (812) 237-2771.

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Contact: William Davis, associate professor of music, (812) 237-2742 or williamdavis@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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