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DePauw Orchestra to Create "World of Sound" Sunday for ArtsFest

DePauw Orchestra to Create "World of Sound" Sunday for ArtsFest

October 24, 2016

The focus of the DePauw University Orchestra’s contribution to ArtsFest 2016: “Art & Utopia,” will be on creating “another world of sound” through performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, according to music director Orcenith Smith. The concert, part of the University’s 15th annual celebration of the arts, will be given at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 30, in Kresge Auditorium, located within the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts at 605 S. College Avenue.

In the Mahler family, Gustav was the second of 14 children. Many of his siblings did not survive. His father often browbeat his mother, and his Jewish heritage counted against him at many turns in his life. Ultimately finding a highly respected career as an opera conductor, he turned to writing symphonies during his summers in the Alps.

It was here, in these symphonic soundscapes, Smith observed, that the composer found escape. As Mahler stated, “composing a symphony means, to me, building a new world with every available technical means.”

“For him as well, the world of nature and the sounds of his heritage were often juxtaposed in a world of good vs. evil,” Smith notes. “Mahler’s first vision of symphonic utopia finds its voice in his Symphony No. 1.”

Paired with this centerpiece symphonic performance on the ArtsFest program will be three selections from the musical On the Town by American composer Leonard Bernstein, who is often credited for the growth in popularity of Mahler’s music over the past century.

General admission tickets to Sunday’s orchestra concert are $5; tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free. For more information and online purchases, visit www.music.depauw.edu. The venue’s box office will also be open beginning one hour prior to the performance.