Denison Musicians To Bridge Orchestral History In Concert
Posted: January 13, 2001
The Denison Orchestra will give its spring concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday (April 12) in Swasey Chapel. The Denison Orchestra has attracted enough additional players in its second year to outgrow its original home on the stage of Burke Recital Hall and therefore has changed this concert from its previously announced location to Swasey Chapel. The increasing size of the Orchestra also will provide audience members with a visual and auditory musical history lesson at this concert, playing compositions which bridge the Baroque and chamber orchestra period to the modern orchestra.
The program will open with Johann Fasch's "Symphony," which was composed in 1743 for a baroque-sized orchestra. An oboist himself, Fasch scored his symphony for strings, two oboes and a small group of woodwind players. "The Concerto for Alto Trombone" by Johann Albrechtsberger, an early composer of the classical era, will be next. Composed in 1769, it was lost for a long period, only being rediscovered in the 1960s. It has now become a standard in trombone literature. Andrew Glendening, associate professor and chair of the music department, will be the featured soloist.
Assistant Professor Andrew Carlson, director of the Denison Orchestra, notes that during the first half of the concert, the audience will see fewer string players arrayed in typical 18th century style with first violin players seated on the right, second violins on the left and with fewer woodwind players.
After intermission, the nearly 40 student members of the orchestra will be arranged in typical 20th century fashion, with first and second violins to the left and cello and viola players to the right. More woodwind and brass players will also join the orchestra for its presentation of Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 8," the "Unfinished." Composed in 1822, it is scored for the modern orchestra.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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