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Orchestra Presents Family Weekend Concert on September 26

September 16, 2010

DePauw Symphony Orcenith Sept 2008.jpgSeptember 16, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — The DePauw University Orchestra performs its first concert of the academic year on Sunday, September 26, as part of Family Weekend. The 3 p.m. program will feature music by two American composers, Samuel Barber and David Ott, the latter of whom served on the DePauw faculty from 1982-1996. The concert will take place in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts and is free and open to all.

"Ott's recent opera, The Widow's Lantern, features an exciting overture and powerful imagery in incidental music for its hurricane scene," says Orcenith Smith (pictured below), conductor of the University Orchestra. "While Dr. Ott will not be at our performance, he was able to oversee a rehearsal of the music when he was on campus08_20100915_165340Wed_rf.JPG this week giving a master class. It is a pleasure to provide our students with the opportunity to work on his music of great variety, and for our audience to hear it."

Also featured on the program is Barber's ballet music from Medea, "Meditation and Dance of Vengeance," and Debussy's famous tone painting, "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun."

According to Smith, "these works are excellent musical counterparts to each other, especially after Dr. Ott's music sets the theatrical environment. We know our audience will enjoy this opening to our concert season."

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