Friday, October 29, 2010

SBU Chamber Orchestra Presents Free Concert

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The public is invited to attend a free concert featuring the Southwest Baptist University Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, conductor, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 4. The concert will be presented in the Meyer Recital Hall, Casebolt Music Center on the SBU campus.

An eclectic mix of traditional and modern works is included in the concert program. Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op 6, No. 8, also known as the “Christmas Concerto,” will feature concertino (solo) violins, cello, and harpsichord.

The modern and contemporary Vier Kleine Stücke (Four Small Pieces) by Karel Husa was composed in 1955. Husa’s musical language includes driving rhythms and rich, modern harmonies using bitonality and modal scale forms. The work begins with a first movement containing six different stylistic variations. Some sections even have a modern jazz or rock feel. Sanseneon by Robert Frost is a commissioned work by the Ohio Music Education Association. At its premiere during a festival in Bellevue, Ohio, the work was untitled. The composer, who conducted the premiere, observed a map showing four of the counties represented by the performing students (Sandusky, Seneca, Erie, Huron). Searching for a title representative of the area, the composer began trying various combinations of the letters from these words, ultimately resulting in the new word and title.

The very lyrical A Quiet Music by Douglas Wagner and Leroy Anderson’s popular Plink, Plank, Plunk will round out the program.

For more information, please call Brian K. Hopwood, department of music, at 417-328-1647 or email him at:


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 14 consecutive years, one ofAmerica’s 100 Best College Buys® for 15 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past four years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.

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