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Musical Works of Celebration and Gratitude: A DePauw Symphony Orchestra Concert Monday

November 18, 2003

November 18, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Monday night concert, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of DePauw's Performing Arts Center. Celebrating the season of giving thanks, the Orchestra will perform three works that offer gracious reflection and joyous celebration. “It is a time of year in the University students' study of music that cannot help but be influenced by the season's change, our country's heritage and the opportunity to share with family and friends,” says Orcenith Smith, conductor of DePauw Orchestras. “We are bringing together works that find a place in the heart; works that can deepen our appreciation of our opportunities to be together. It is a great concert for families!”

The featured works on the program are Symphony No. 4 by English baroque composer William Boyce, a contemporary of Handel; Ravel's Pavane our une Infante Défunte; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, the “Little Russian.” According to Smith, the Boyce piece is an energetic and positive work, bubbling with the dynamism of the best of baroque works, including a lyrical second movement. The Ravel work was originally a solo piano piece and is an impressionistic vision of a Spanish princess that, long ago, would have danced to this type of Renaissance courtly dance. The “Little Russian” Symphony of Tchaikovsky is an early work of the composer that celebrates the music of the Ukraine, once known as “Little Russia.” In its four movements, the work features spirited folk songs, dances and soaring melodies.

The concert will last approximately one hour and admission is free. For more information about this or other School of Music events, call (765) 658-4379 or click here.

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