The Civic Symphony will perform on Saturday, Nov. 19, and the Wind Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 20. Both concerts will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the college’s Shafer Auditorium.
The Allegheny College Civic Symphony includes students, faculty, staff, and Meadville community members as performers. The concert will be conducted by Jennifer Dearden, associate professor of music and string coordinator, and will feature guest piano soloist Douglas Jurs, assistant professor of music, performing the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Jackson Froman, instructor of accordian, on the accordion performing a movement of Virgil Thomson’s “Acadian Songs and Dances.”The Civic Symphony will perform “Overture in D” by Henry Purcell, “Piano Concerto No. 1”by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst featuring the string players, “Pavane” by Gabriel Faure, and “Acadian Songs and Dances” by Virgil Thomson.
The Allegheny College Wind Symphony will be conducted by Lowell E. Hepler, professor of music and director of bands. The Wind Symphony is a 93-member symphonic band open to all students through auditions. The symphony is recognized on a state level through the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band and on a national level through the National Small College Intercollegiate Band and the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.
The Wind Symphony will perform “Salvation is Created” by Tschesnokoff/Houseknecht, “Overture to ‘Italian in Algiers’” by Rossini/Cailliet, “Two Movements from the Rivers Suite: Deep River,”and “Cross the Wide Missouri/The Water is Wide,” which will be the premiere performance of an original piece by Ronald Stitt, assistant director of bands. In addition, the performance will include “Italian Rhapsody” by Julie Giroux, “Internet Symphony ‘Eroica’” by Tan Dun, “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty, “Praise to the Lord”by Vaclav Nelhybel, “Rock Springs Saga” by William Owens, and “Sound off March” by John Philip Sousa.
The college’s chamber ensembles will provide pre-concert music at the Wind Symphony performance.