University Symphony Concert Nov. 20 to feature competition winners

November 10 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Two winners of the 2008 Paul W. Hagan Concert/Aria Auditions will be featured on music with dates of composition separated by more than 200 years. Eric Kendall, senior from Holland, Ind., will sing two selections from Handel's Messiah -- "The People That Walked in Darkness," an unusual, stark movement, in which Handel paints a picture of bleakness with the orchestra playing completely in unison, and in a minor key, followed by "The Trumpet Shall Sound", a magnificently majestic movement, which is arguably the most well-known selection in Messiah, exceeded in popularity only by the "Halleluia!" chorus.

Kendall will be followed by Tomoka Sugawara, a freshman from Japan, who will play the first movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Tuba Concerto." Finished in 1954, this melodic, yet incisively rhythmic work has become a staple in the repertoire of tubists worldwide.

The University Symphony, under the baton of William Davis, will perform two large works from the Romantic period. The concert will begin with "Symphony #8 in G Major" by Antonin Dvorak. This symphony, one of Dvorak's greatest masterpieces, was written in 1889 and is a cheerful work, inspired by his love of Bohemian folk music. The prelude to Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg" will be the final work on the concert.

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. 20.

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