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Clarion Symphony Orchestra  Presents ‘Love Is In The Air’ Concert with Guest Stellare String Quartet Tomorrow

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 12:04 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Symphony Orchestra ConcertCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Clarion University Symphony Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium. 

The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Casey C. Teske, the theme of the concert is “Love Is In The Air” which presents various orchestral compositions inspired by love.  The symphony orchestra is joined by featured guest artist The Stellare String Quartet.

The concert opens with “Soldiers’ Chorus” from the opera Faust by Charles Gounod. Although the opera was not originally well received, it became very popular after a subsequent three-year revival.  The “Soldiers’ Chorus” is from Act 4 where a military company returns to loved ones to a triumphal march in the town square.

The orchestra continues with “Hopak” from Sorochinsky Fair by Modest Mussorgsky.  This is a lively dance from this comic opera, and its most remarkable feature is that the dancers leap while squatting and kicking with their legs out, typically used to impress their partners.

“Hunters’ Chorus” from the opera Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber ends the first part of the Symphony Orchestra program.  The plot involves a hunter who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for a set of charming silver bullets that hit their mark regardless of where they are aimed. In this struggle between the forces of good and evil, virtue finally prevails – with the help of a good woman.

The Stellare String Quartet will start their portion of the concert with a popular 1940’s French love song La Vie En Rose.  The song was made popular by Edith Piaf and was covered by several American artists including Louis Armstrong and Dean Martin.  Next, we have a song fromThe Phantom of the Opera titled “All I Ask of You.”   A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House  The final two pieces from the quartet are from very popular musicals:  “Maria” from West Side Story and “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady.

The orchestra continues the last part of the concert with  “March to the Scaffold” from Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  The symphony tells the story of an artist gifted with a lively imagination who has poisoned himself with opium because of hopeless love.  In this movement, the artist overdoses on opium and envisions he killed his lover, is condemned to death, and ultimately led to the scaffold.

The final piece of the concert is “Symphonic Dances” from Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock. This is a tale of a milkman where a matchmaker comes to marry the eldest of five daughters.  Although they are required by custom to marry whomever the matchmaker selects, all five daughters are in love with others and the story depicts the struggles of a family trying to break tradition.

The Symphony Orchestra is a premier performing group consisting of the Clarion University community, including students, faculty, alumni, and residents of the surrounding area.  The group is dedicated to the quality performance of standard orchestral repertoire and is typically joined by a professional guest artist for each concert.

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