Cameron University’s Civic Symphony will take the stage on Tuesday, October 5, for a special concert made up exclusively of string players. The concert takes place in the McCutcheon Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military members and non-CU students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU I.D. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. To reserve tickets as seating is limited, call the box office at 580-581-2346. Facial coverings are strongly encouraged.
Directed by Dr. Kirsten Underwood, the Cameron Civic Symphony is made up of Cameron students and community members. Kathy Liticker, Wichita Falls, Texas, serves as Concertmaster. Performers include Dolores Anderson, Saya Cox, Susan Diekman, Ann-Mary Hartman, Charlee Juarez, Kevin Liticker, Xavier McClure, Barbara Pickthorn and Russell Simington.
To open the program, the ensemble will play Baldassare Galuppi’s “Andante,” a string orchestra arrangement by Jeff Manookian of the first movement of Piano Sonata No. 5. Galuppi, born in the Venetian Republic in 1706, was part to a generation of composers (including Sammartini and C. P. E. Bach) whose works illustrate the Galant style that developed in Europe in the 18th century. He was renowned as a composer for the theater, writing more than 100 operas.
Handel’s “Rodrigo Suite” will follow. Born in Germany in 1685, Handel was the son of a barber‐surgeon who opposed music as his son's career. Handel studied law at Halle University and turned to composing music full‐time when his father died. His opera, “Rodrigo,” upon which this suite was based, was performed in Florence in 1707.
To complete the program, the ensemble will perform selections from Manookian’s “Album of Ballet Themes.” Featured will be ballet music from Schubert’s “Rosamunde,” Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Delibes’ “Coppélia,” Ravel’s “Mother Goose,” Glière’s “The Red Poppy,” Massanet’s “Espada,” Minkus’ “Don Quixote” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty.”