Orchestra Offers 'Evocative Atmospheres' in November 23 Concert

Orchestra Offers 'Evocative Atmospheres' in November 23 Concert

November 11, 2009

10__DSC7178c.JPGNovember 11, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The DePauw University Orchestra presents a concert entitled "Evocative Atmospheres" on Monday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m in the Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium. The program will feature music by composers Carl Nielsen, John Corigliano, and Maurice Ravel. It is presented free of admission charge and is open to all.

The concert will also be broadcast on DePauw University's student radio station, WGRE. Tune in to 91.5 FM or access the music online via this link.

"As we move into the season of fall and, also, Thanksgiving week, our personal emotions begin to become more reflective," according to Orcenith Smith, director of orchestras at DePauw. "These pieces create musical atmospheres that are unusually persuasive as they affect our emotions."

On the program will be the Prelude to Act II of the opera Saul and David by Danish composer Carl Nielsen; "Voyage for String DePauw Symphony Orcenith Sept 2008.JPGOrchestra" by American composer John Corigliano; and "Suite No. 2" from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe by French composer Maurice Ravel.

"How Nielsen portrays the Biblical characters and action is sweeping in its direct and strong musical imagery," says Professor Smith. "The Corigliano work for strings communicates the luxurious and luminous atmosphere created by the French poem L'invitation ou Voyage by Charles Beaudelaire. And Ravel's music, for all its technical difficulty, provides a range of emotional atmosphere from sublime nuance to ecstatic joy."

For more information, visit the DePauw University School of Music online.