The L-O-U Symphony will present its Fall Concert Monday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The program will open with W. A. Mozart’s Symphony in D major, K. 297. One of Mozart’s most famous symphonies and the first of his mature works in the form, it was composed for the orchestra of the Concert Spirituel, one of the finest orchestra in existence at the time. Mozart composed a brilliant work for an unusually large classical orchestra that could take advantage of the virtuosity of the great orchestra. It was a popular and critical success and repeated several time following its premier on June 12, 1788.
Dr. Micah Everett, a new faculty member in the department of music, will join the orchestra as soloist in Johann Georg Albrechtsberger’s concerto for Alto Trombone and orchestra. Albrechtsberger was a contemporary of Joseph Haydn, and was well known as a theorist and teacher of composition. His most famous student was Ludwig van Beethoven. After intermission, the orchestra will perform the Simple Symphony by the English composer, Benjamin Britten. The symphony, for string orchestra, was composed by Britten based on piano works that he had created as a child. In spite of the name, it is a fully developed work using the full resources of the string ensemble. The program will close with three Slavonic Dances from the Op. 46 set by Antonin Dvorak. Inspired by Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances, these Slavonic Dances were a “breakthrough” success for Dvorak, and have remained among the most enduring of his works for orchestra, along with his last three symphonies and other shorter works.
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