Cameron University Civic Symphony to be joined by LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia

The Cameron Civic Symphony is pleased to present a concert in conjunction the LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra (LOYO) and Sinfonia on Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theater. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and middle/high school students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID.  

The Civic Symphony, conducted by Dr. Kirsten Underwood and made up of Cameron students, area home-school students and community members, will present several exciting pieces, opening with Joshua Missal’s “The Carson Suite.” This suite depicts a fun-filled day of festivities:  a festival filling the air with excitement, a quiet time allowing for moments of relaxation, and a square dance. Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Trumpets” will feature Cameron students Braden Hatch and Jason Villrreal.  Next the ensemble will perform an arrangement of “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti, a showpiece for the first violin section that moves between expressive gypsy themes and energetic allegros.  Ken Keuning’s award-winning “Vistas de Mexico,” composed specifically for string orchestra, follows, presenting three movements entitled “Flores Y Guittaras,” “ Cancione De Amor,” and “Fiesta.”  For Bert Ligon’s “Bossa Verde,” members of each section of the ensemble will perform distinctive, improvisatory solos in the middle section and will be accompanied by percussion major Gus Echols.

The LaSill Optimist Youth Orchestra (LOYO) and Sinfonia, sponsored by the LaSill Optimist Club, include youth from Lawton Public Schools as well as from the surrounding area and home-schooled students. These groups meet weekly to experience playing in a full orchestra. 

Conducted by Cheryl Stansberry, Sinfonia will perform “The Charming Snake,” based on the familiar “Snake Charmer” that is pervasive in childhood cartoons. In this piece, the students learn about the contrasting styles of the various sections.  “Cats and Dogs” by Richard Stephan is a lively piece that envisions a new puppy getting acquainted with the kitties of the household.

 LOYO, conducted by Kathy Liticker, will perform two works by Merle Isaacs, a prolific composer who realized in the 1930s and ‘40s that there was little music available for younger school orchestras.  His contributions are still influencing the development of instrumental music in schools.  “Rumanian Overture” uses many Hungarian Gypsy melodies.  The slow, singable melodies are contrasted with fast, rhythmical dance tunes ending in a noisy, tumultuous finale.  “Mexican Overture” is a medley of spirited and familiar tunes from Mexico, beginning with a trumpet call reminiscent of bull fights.  Some of the tunes included are “Las Gaviotas”, “Cielito Lindo”, “Carmela” and “Zacatecas”.     

To conclude the concert, all three ensembles will combine. Liticker will conduct Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk,” followed by a tribute to our nation’s armed forces during which Underwood will direct a string arrangement of the theme from “Band of Brothers.”

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 581-2346.

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February 27, 2017