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Lawton Community Orchestra to present “Music Through the Ages”

Cameron University’s Lawton Community Orchestra will present “Music Through the Ages,” a musical journey from the Baroque era to the modern day, on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.

Tickets purchased at the door are $10 for adult and $8 for senior citizens, members of the military and non-CU students. Cameron University students, faculty and staff receive one free admission with their CU I.D. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 580-581-2346. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at https://www.cameron.edu/art-music-and-theatre/events/buy-tickets. (Taxes and processing fees apply.)

The concert will begin with “Baroque Suite No. 1,” arranged by Merle J. Isaac. The dance suite was one of the primary musical forms of the Baroque era, yet while the pieces in a dance suite were inspired by actual dance music, dance suites were intended for listening, not for accompanying dancers.

That will be followed by “Mozart in Miniature,” a selection of Mozart’s work arranged by Watson Forbes.

“These two compositions follow the multi-movement style of music,” says Angela Ruiz, director of the Lawton Community Orchestra. “The embellishments of the Baroque era transition into the simplicity of the Classical era.”

The orchestra will then present the drama and musical story-telling of Johann Strauss II’s “Emperor Waltz,” arranged by Merle J. Isaac. Composed in 1889, the waltz was intended as a symbolic “toast of friendship” on the occasion of Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph I’s visit to German Emperor Wilhelm II.

Music from the Late Romantic era is represented by Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D Major.” The ensemble will perform the second movement, arranged by Sandra Dackow. The movement is a scherzo and trio based on a Ländler, a traditional Austrian waltz.

The concert will conclude with the mysterious and playful “Within the Fae Castle,” an original composition by orchestra member Hypatia Recklein. She is a CU music student from Lawton.

Recklein is joined in the orchestra by CU students Tessah Caddo, Kaitlan Kaulaity, Kim Lamkin, and Russell Simington, all of Lawton; Verina Ware, Rush Springs; and community members Donna Brox and Susan Diekman, both of Lawton.



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