DePauw Orchestra opens its season with free concert Sunday afternoon

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The public is invited to enjoy the season-opening performance of the DePauw University Orchestra this Sunday, Sept. 25.

Music begins at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located within DePauw's Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is presented free of admission charge and is open to all.

Titled "Inspiring Landscapes," the concert features the largest DePauw Orchestra in many years with 70 student musicians. The concert will be simulcast live on radio station WGRE (91.5 FM).

"We are pleased to offer our audiences this exciting group of young musicians who have already impressed with their passion for playing," Orcenith Smith, conductor of the orchestra and professor of music, said. "This orchestra's full size suggests powerful sonic images that are featured in these extraordinary musical landscapes."

The Sunday concert includes "Roman Carnival" by French composer Hector Berlioz, American composer Aaron Copland's "Prairie Night" and "Celebration Dance" from the ballet "Billy the Kid," "Dubinushka" by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Scandinavian/American composer Howard Hanson's "Nordic" Symphony.

Founded in 1884, the DePauw School of Music is the nation's sixth-oldest private institution for post-secondary music instruction and the longest-running school of music in Indiana.

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