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DePauw Orchestra to Deliver 'Strong Statements' in September 24 Concert

September 13, 2006

2005 DePauw Symphony Orchestra.jpgSeptember 13, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Three composers are featured in the DePauw University Orchestra's first performance of the 2006-07 academic year on Sunday, September 24. Entitled "Strong Statements," the 3 p.m. concert presents the music of Germany's Richard Wagner, Russia's Dmitri Shostakovich, and American composer George Gershwin. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in the Performing Arts Center's Kresge Auditorium. Student radio station WGRE will broadcast a recording of the concert at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

"These composers and these pieces are undeniable in their strong personal statements Eric Edberg 2.jpgand musical intentions," says Orcenith Smith, director of orchestras at DePauw. "Furthermore, the works themselves help to showcase the powerful sound of this year’s large university orchestra."

The year 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dmitri Shostakovich. Featured in the concert will be the Russian composer's "Cello Concerto No. 1," performed by DePauw faculty member Eric Edberg (seen at right). Professor Smith states, "Edberg has mastered this incredibly difficult concerto, originally written by the composer for Russian cellist icon Mstislav Rostropovich. Our students have cheered for Professor Edberg at the end of each rehearsal. It is thrilling work!"

The overture to Wagner’s opera The Mastersinger of Nuremburg begins the concert program and George Gershwin’s "American in Paris" will conclude the afternoon of music. "The power of Wagner melodies and orchestrations instantly demand attention and hold the audience; Gershwin’s initiative to bring jazz elements into the larger orchestral concert world can only be described as a turning point and a personal statement of great conviction," says Smith (pictured at left). "It is our pleasure to present these three strong musical statements for the DePauw’s Symphony’s first concert of the year."

For more information about programs, faculty and upcoming events, visit the DePauw University School of Music online, or call (765) 658-4380.

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