The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the Cameron University Civic Symphony in concert on Tuesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/senior citizens/military. Cameron University faculty, staff and students are admitted at no charge with CU I.D.
Conducted by Dr. Kirsten Underwood, the ensemble is made up of Cameron strings majors and minors, community members from Lawton and Altus, Lawton Public Schools strings faculty, and qualified high school students.
“The program will consist of a delightful set of contrasting pieces,” says Underwood.
The repertoire will consist of Jeremiah Clarke’s “Prince of Denmark’s March,” often referred to as Purcell’s “Trumpet Voluntary,” and a strings arrangement of the March from Act 3 of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” Handel’s “Hornpipe” from “Water Music” and the beloved “Aria – Larghetto from Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 12” - considered one of the most stunning melodies ever written – will also be performed. The concert will also feature J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata 147 and an arrangement of the first movement of “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.” Percy Grainger’s “Children’s March - Over the Hills and Far Away” adds a fairly modern piece on the program. The concert will conclude with “Halcyon,” a piece for strings by contemporary composer William Hofeldt, who wrote the work to portray images of calm, peace and tranquility.
“We’ve saved the best for last,” says Underwood. “By far, ‘Halcyon’ is the ensemble’s favorite number.”
In his description, Hofeldt refers to two concepts: a mythical bird that had the power to calm stormy and rough winter seas by nesting on the water; and a period of mild weather occurring near or around the winter solstice and attributed by legend to the magic of the halcyon.
For more information, contact the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 581-2346.
September 26, 2016