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Mother's Day Concert Features DePauw Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

Mother's Day Concert Features DePauw Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

May 4, 2005

May 4, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University Orchestra and DePauw Choirs conclude the academic year with a Mother's Day concert featuring music from The Planets and Carmina Burana, Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. The event will take place in Kresge Auditorium of the DePauw Performing Arts Center and is free and open to public.

Opening this concert will be a premiere of an orchestral work by DePauw Professor Carlos Carrillo, entitled Concierto Matinal.

"When we began discussing a short piece for this program, Carlos talked about music from his childhood rearranged for orchestra and a refurbishment of a work originally written in the mid-1980's," says Orcenith Smith, director of the DePauw Symphony Orchestra, of the selection. "The result was Concierto Matinal and we will be performing two movements, arias without names, as a part of this concert."

Closing the concert's first half is Gustav Holst's twentieth-century masterpiece, The Planets. Written between 1914 and 1916, Holst's interest in astrology was the inspirational force behind the creation of this audience favorite. For this Mother's Day concert, the orchestra will be performing four of the work's movements: Mars (The Bringer of War), Venus (The Bringer of Peace), Uranus (The Magician) and Jupiter (The Bringer of Jollity).

"I have long been an admirer of Gustav Holst's The Planets, its powerful and insightful musical renderings holding me captive for long stretches of time," says Smith of the work. "The inspired music of Gustav Holst has been a model to many composers in the twentieth century, not the least of which is John Williams, whose Star Wars music borrows many aspects of Holst's metallo.pngpicturesque representations."

The program's second half will feature choruses from Carl Orff's classic Carmina Burana in an arrangement for choirs, two pianos, and percussion ensemble. Conducted by Vincent Metallo (seen at left), who is also director of the DePauw University Chorus and Chamber Singers, this performance will also feature pianists May Phang and Claude Cymerman as well as the DePauw Percussion Ensemble, directed by Amy Lynn Barber, dean of the DePauw School of Music.

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