Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SBU Music Department Presents Chamber Orchestra April 12

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The public is invited to attend a free concert featuring the Southwest Baptist University Chamber Orchestra conducted by Director of Instrumental Studies Dr. Brian K. Hopwood. The concert will take place on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 pm., at the Meyer Recital Hall, in the Casebolt Music Building, on the SBU campus.

The concert opens with a British brass band work transcribed for string orchestra. According to Dr. Hopwood, “it was John Ireland’s intention to transcribe “A Downland Suite” for strings in its entirety; but he finished only the two middle movements. In completing the transcription, Geoffrey Bush followed the composer’s example in re-conceiving the music as a composition for strings rather than making a literal re-arrangement of the brass band version.”

Church music major Michael Womack will be the featured soloist on George Frederic Handel’s Organ Concerto in Bb major, Op. 4, No. 6 and trumpet major. Morgan Katz will perform as soloist on the noble and mystical “Prayer of St. Gregory” by Alan Hovhaness. The program also includes a short Renaissance dance, “Galliard à 5” by John Dowland, and the second movement (Last Spring) of Edvard Grieg’s “Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34.” Utilizing the raucous rhythms and gritty harmonies of pop music and taking a cue from the ever-expanding stylistic repertoire of the contemporary string quartet, David O’Fallon’s “Legend” will round out the program.

The concert is free, and the public is invited. For more information, please call Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, Department of Music, at 417-328-1647 or email him at:


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