Cameron University Civic Symphony and LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra plan combined concert

The Cameron University Civic Symphony will present an evening of music featuring a special appearance by the LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra (LOYO) on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, members of the military and senior citizens. Cameron University students, faculty and staff with CU I.D. are admitted at no charge.

“This performance by the Cameron University Civic Symphony will provide the musicians in our community an opportunity to unite on stage for an evening of entertainment,” says Dr. Kirsten Underwood, director of the Cameron Civic Symphony. “We will be joined by the LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra for the last three numbers of the concert. The Lawton Fort Sill community is blessed to have so many talented young musicians, and we are delighted that they will add their talents to the Civic Symphony .”   

The Cameron University Civic Symphony is made up of Cameron students, community members from Lawton and surrounding towns, and area string specialists and enthusiasts. The ensemble will open the concert with a variety of Renaissance dances:  three Spanish Villancicos, a Carnaval Chanson by Heinrich Isaac, and a Canzona by Claudio Merulo. CU student Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., and community member Ann-Mary Hartman will be featured as cello soloists in selections from Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, followed by the Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Civic Symphony’s portion of the program will close with the famous Romantic era string ensemble works “Aase’s Death” by Edvard Grieg and “Andante Festivo” by Jean Sibelius.  

The LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra, a project of the LaSill Optimist Club, a branch of the worldwide service organization Optimist International, was formed four years ago to provide area students an opportunity to participate in a full orchestra. The ensemble is directed by Kathy Liticker, District Orchestra Supervisor, Lawton High School. Susan Diekman serves as music advisor, and Laura Bolsen, Kevin Liticker, and Cheryl Stansberry-McLaughlin are sectional coaches.

The LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra will join the Civic Symphony for Handel’s “Song of Jupiter,” conducted by Underwood. “Song of Jupiter” was inspired by the Greek mythical story of Semele. Although Handel’s original version used voices with orchestra in the oratorical style, the combined ensemble will play a version transcribed for full orchestra by Leroy Anderson.

The two groups will then be conducted by Liticker, who has chosen the traditional American folk song, “Shenandoah,” and Paul Whear’s rousing “Catskill Legend” for the performance.

Liticker has arranged “Shenandoah” for full orchestra, utilizing modern harmonies and rhythms to bring added dimension to the familiar tune. “Catskill Overture” has a variety of characters represented by the different sections of the orchestra to develop a musical story and is presented as a vigorous rendition full of action.


February 23, 2016

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