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SBU Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert is April 18

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SBU Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert is April 18

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University’s Chamber Orchestra, with Dr. Brian K. Hopwood as conductor, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Meyer Recital Hall, Casebolt Music Building, on the SBU campus.

The concert opens with the third movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Violin Concerto in E major,” Op. 8, No. 1, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring) for string orchestra. The first of Vivaldi’s four concertos from “The Four Seasons” will feature senior and concertmistress Molly Morgan as the violin soloist.

In stark contrast, “Danza,” a three-movement work written in 1971 contains some of the same compositional techniques as Vivaldi but in a contemporary setting.

“Czech composer Vaclav Nelhybel’s affinity for Renaissance and Baroque period music is evident in the use of modal melodies, parallel intervals in conjunct motion and fugal techniques, including imitative entries, stretto and augmentation,” Hopwood said.

Robert Washburn’s “Suite for Strings,” written in a “conservative” contemporary idiom, will follow. His first published work (1960) was composed while Washburn was composer-in-residence in Elkhart, Ind., under a year-long grant from the Ford Foundation, administered by the Music Educators National Conference, which placed 12 young composers in schools with outstanding music programs for the purpose of writing music for their students and the community.

The program also includes the “Sentimental Saraband” and “Frolicsome Finale” from “Simple Symphony” in celebration of composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday and the Ralph Vaughan Williams inspired “Preludio” by Paul Whear, written for the Vivaldi Orchestra in Manchester, England.

For more information, please call Brian K. Hopwood, Department of Music, at (417) 328-1647 or e-mail him at

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