Cameron University Civic Symphony slated for February 26 concert

The Cameron University Civic Symphony will take the stage for a concert on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for senior adults, military, and middle/high school students. The concert is free to CU students, faculty and staff with CU-id. For more information, contact the CU Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 581-2346.

Conducted by Dr. Kirsten Underwood, the Cameron University Civic Symphony is made up of Cameron music majors and minors, community members from Lawton and Altus, Lawton Public Schools strings faculty, and qualified high school students.

The ensemble will perform pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, William Hofeldt and Soon Hee Newbold.

“The audience will no doubt enjoy the Cameron Civic Symphony’s interpretations of the works of these three outstanding composers,” says Underwood.

The “Largo” from Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D Major for guitar, strings and basso continuo” will feature guitarist Hannah Esquer, a senior music major. Composing during the Baroque era, Vivaldi was particularly prolific in his writing music for strings, having created over 500 concertos and 16 sinfonias, along with many other works for violin, viola, cello and guitar.

“Hannah has performed throughout Oklahoma and as part of the Romero Guitar Festival,” says Underwood. “She is a gifted musician who will shine on Vivaldi’s lyrical ‘Largo,’ which is a gorgeous example of his genius for creating tone colors and shadings.”

The ensemble will perform two Newbold compositions: “Iditarod,” which is representative of what is known as the Last Great Race on Earth, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and “Fantasía Española.”  Composed in 2010, “Iditarod” boldly captures the iconic race in music with exciting themes and driving rhythms. “Fantasia Española,” composed in 2005, provides the musicians with the opportunity to “experience the colorful traditions of Spanish festivals, from the dramatic costumes and complicated rhythms to the infamous bullfights and fascinating dances,” according to Newbold.

“‘Fantasia Española’ is a joy for the ensemble to play!” says Underwood. “The audience can expect numerous special effects, such as pizzicatos imitating the sound of flamenco guitar and col legno percussive efforts, where the musician hits the strings with the back of the bow, which will evoke the sounds of castanets or tambourines.”

Two works of award-winning composer William Hofeldt, “She Will Hang the Night with Stars” and “The Gift,” will follow. The title for “She Will Hang the Night with Stars,” composed in 2016, comes from the writings of Irish author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s work entitled “De Profundis” was actually a long letter written while he was imprisoned in 1897. In the preface to the musical score, Hofeldt quotes Wilde’s work: “She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole.”

“The Gift,” was written in 1993 to commemorate the birth of Hofeldt’s son. “Melodic material is interspersed among all the parts, so that everyone has a chance to play melody as well as harmony,” Underwood says. “The sweeping themes are truly an inspiration to play and to hear.”

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February 19, 2019