The Allegheny College Civic Symphony with 43 students and the Wind Symphony with 83 students will perform on Sat., Nov. 18, and Sun., Nov. 19, respectively, beginning at 3:15 p.m. each day in Shafer Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
The Civic Symphony is led by Dr. Jennifer Dearden and will feature Allegheny alumnus and music faculty member Tom Leech ’86 as a horn soloist. The Wind Symphony is led by Professor of Music Lowell Hepler, who is also director of bands at Allegheny College.
The Civic Symphony Orchestra performance consists of Symphony No. 101 “The Clock” by Franz Joseph Haydn, “Horn Concerto No. 1 in D” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (featuring horn soloist Leech, adjunct music faculty), “Two Songs Without Words” by Gustav Holst, “Perpetuum” by Paul Barker, and “City of Steel” by Doug Spata.
The Wind Symphony begins with “Mayflower Overture” by Ron Nelson. Following will be “Of Sailors and Whales” by Francis McBeth, “October” by Eric Whitacre, “March des Parachutistes Belges” by Pierre Leemans, “Vesuvius” by Frank Ticheli’s, “Keystone Post March” by Olan Butt, a former teacher of Dr. Ronald Stitt, assistant director of bands at Allegheny. Stitt wrote the arrangement, and he will conduct the performance.
There also will be an “Overture on Themes” from the “The Wizard of Oz.” Featured melodies will include “Ding, Dong, The Witch is Dead,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz,” “If I Only had a Brain,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”