DePauw University Orchestra (September 2015 Concert)
DePauw University Orchestra - Orcenith Smith, music director
Sunday, Sept. 20@3 p.m.
Green Center, Kresge Auditorium
Inspired by the recent campus visit by the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry, the DePauw University Orchestra's first concert of the fall semester opens with a conductorless performance of the overture to Mozart's opera "Abduction from the Seraglio," providing an avenue into the students' new 21st Century Musician curriculum, as they investigate new pathways for classical music.
Featured on the program will be Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's monumental Symphony No. 5. Written in 1937, during the oppressive years of the Stalin regime, the piece provides a powerful viewpoint on music's capacity to sound the fear of backlash from the regime, while also generating triumphant hope for the future.
"In the face of desperate times, the young Shostakovich, whose family members had already been kidnapped and were likely dead, was struggling to understand the oversight of the politicians who deemed his music inappropriate," said Smith. "He feared for his life. What he wrote as 'An Artist's Reply to Just Criticism' was his Symphony No. 5.
"This now famous, emotionally power-packed work plumbs political oppression, desperation and ultimately triumphs. Our DePauw students are giving their all in portraying this setting and understanding the dynamic of the narrative and the technical commitment needed to get there."
Winner of an ASCAP Award for "Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music," the DePauw University Orchestra maintains an active schedule. An all-undergraduate organization, the orchestra focuses on performing and reading music of the standard repertoire, creating a four-year overview that is a cross-section of music including most style periods, regional influences and genres.
The orchestra not only performs its own concerts (often broadcast live on WGRE-FM and the Internet), it plays for DePauw Opera productions, accompanies student concerto winners, and performs with the University's choirs, faculty and guest soloists. Students studying conducting and orchestration also benefit from working with the University Orchestra.
Visit http://www.depauw.edu/music/ensembles/orchestra for more information.
Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium (View)
605 S. College Ave.
Greencastle, IN 46135
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