Cameron University Department of Music presents Cameron Civic Symphony

The Cameron University Department of Music will present the Cameron Civic Symphony on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students/military/seniors. CU students and faculty with ID are admitted free.

The Cameron Civic Symphony, directed by Dr. Kirsten Underwood, is a community string orchestra comprised of Cameron University students, Lawton Public Schools' students, and community members from the region.

“Several wonderful Lawton musicians have joined the ensemble this fall,” says Underwood. “We are fortunate to have the talents of cellists Ann-Mary Hartman and Mary Ann McGee, and violinist Michelle Haag. We are especially grateful to harpist Linda Ashton and pianist Kathy Hickman, who will join the ensemble for what should be a memorable performance of ‘Clare du Lune.”

The concert will commence with J.S. Bach’s “Arioso, followed by” “Divertimento III” by Leopold Mozart, father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The three movements in this piece feature contrasting ideas, including an Adagio in which the melody if similar to that of a dramatic opera aria, and a final Allegro reminiscent of music from an 18th century country fair.

Next up will be “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen,” composed by Edvard Grieg for his 25th wedding anniversary. Originally written for piano solo, it has been adapted for a string ensemble and contains elements well-suited for commemorating marriage, including happy, upbeat moments and lyrical introspective sections.

The Grieg piece will be followed by “Clair de Lune,” the third and most famous movement of Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasque.” “Clair de Lune,” meaning “moonlight” in French, was composed as a piano depiction of Paul Verlaine’s poem of the same name.

The concert will conclude with an arrangement of “Trepak,” one of the most recognizable pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

The Cameron Civic Symphony rehearses during the first 8-week session of each semester and is available to interested musicians through an audition process.  For more information, contact Underwood at 580-581-2445 or by email at



September 29, 2014

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