Thursday, November 8, 2012

SBU Chamber Orchestra Presents Free Concert

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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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. Tuesday, November 13. The concert will be presented in the Meyer Recital Hall in the Casebolt Music Center on the SBU campus.

An eclectic mix of traditional and modern works is included in the concert program. Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in G Major” for two solo violins, strings, and harpsichord will feature Elli Edwards and Molly Morgan. Two contrasting “serenades” will also be highlighted. Norman Leyden’s four-movement “Serenade” (1971) will be performed alongside the three-movement “Serenade” (1892) by Edward Elgar.  

As both works are considered standard repertoire, Leyden requires the orchestra to shift from one style to the next in each of the movements while Elgar’s Serenade is devoid of any special string effects but instead focuses on the simple yet beautiful sound of the strings. It was the earliest of Elgar’s compositions to become widely known and was described as one of his favorite works.

Another English work, “Folk Tune and Fiddle Dance” (1914) by Percy Fletcher fits into the same historical era as Holst’s St. Paul’s “Suite” (1913) and Hubert Parry’s “English Suite” (1914-15) filling an important niche in the British string orchestra repertoire. Also included is the incidental music “Farandole” from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet―an arrangement of the famous Provençal tune that Bizet used to accompany the play, “The Girl from Arles.” Jay Ungar’s Ashokan “Farewell,” referred to by Ken Burns as “the quintessentially American lament,” rounds out the program.

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

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