University Symphony to Perform February 19

February 5, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The music of Mozart, Respighi, and Dukas will be among the featured works at the Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in Tilson Auditorium.

The concert will begin with Mozart's Symphony #36, called the "Linz" symphony, because the 27-year-old genius wrote the entire work during a four-day visit to that city on the way back home to Vienna in 1783.

The orchestra's brass section will perform "Fanfare," written by the French composer Paul Dukas to precede the 1912 Ballet "La Peri." This very short work is so rousing that is it often performed alone in concert.

"We have a fantastic group of brass players at ISU right now, and I wanted to give them something to really shine on," said William Davis, associate professor of music and conductor of the University Symphony. "I think the audience will love this piece. I just wish it were longer!"

The concert will conclude with a performance of Respighi's First Suite of Ancient Airs and Dances. This 1917 work is based on Renaissance lute pieces by various composers. According to Davis "it has a wonderful combination of flavors, old melodies and rhythms combined with Romantic textures and harmonizations."

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 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