The IUP Music Department will conclude the 2013–2014 performance
season with a unique concert titled Pipe Dreams. It will feature the IUP Symphony
Orchestra and organist Christine Clewell, and is the final presentation this year in
the Lively Arts’ Sound Choices series. The concert will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on
Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
“The performance and collaboration between orchestras and
organists happens very rarely,” says David Martynuik, conductor for the concert.
“There is actually a great tradition of monumental works created for this
particular combination; but due to limited rehearsal time and excessive expense,
these works are rarely performed.”
The concert will open with Edward Elgar’s spirited “Pomp and
Circumstance” March #4. This work was originally composed in 1907 and is also
known as the “Song of Liberty.”
Clewell will be the featured soloist on the “Symphonie
Concertante” for Grand Organ and Orchestra by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen. Born in 1873, Jongen was a musical
prodigy who excelled in organ, piano, and composition beginning at the age of
seven, when he was enrolled in the Liège Conservatory. Evidence of his extensive
travels and studies is apparent throughout his music, and the influence of composers
like Holst, Debussy, and Stravinsky are unmistakable.
In the first movement, there is interplay between a jaunty,
contrapuntal tune and a more lyrical, extended melody. Both the orchestra and
the organ take turns combining and recombining material from both. The second
movement is a beautiful song that features some of the most delicate scoring of
the entire concert. Ending the work is the high-energy Toccata in which the
organist explores the full range of the instrument.
Following intermission, the concert will continue with Ottorino
Respighi’s “Vetrate di Chiesa” (“Church
Windows”). “Respighi, like many of his contemporaries after World War I,
believed that for Italian music to remain viable, there had to be contributions
by Italian composers to more genres than just opera,” says Martynuik. “His four
impressions on church windows are masterpieces of programmatic music for
The first movement, titled “Flight Into Egypt” contains a
constant “ostinato” that is evocative of a donkey’s pace. Respighi noted that
the first movement is “a tonal representation of the little caravan on a starry
night carrying the Treasure of the World.” The beautiful melodies that Respighi
wrote are original, but heavily influenced by Western chant.
Next, “Saint Michael the Archangel” is a masterwork for the
orchestra and organ and depicts the eponymous individual’s rallying of the
forces of heaven to cast out Lucifer and the rebelling angels.
The third movement, “Matins of St. Clare,” is the emotional
heart of the entire work and according to the composer, “St. Clare, being
gravely sick and lamenting that she could not attend the Matin at the church,
was transported miraculously so that she could take part in the service.”
“Saint Gregory the Great” concludes the concert. In this
movement, Respighi actually uses the “Angelus” composed by Gregory himself to depict the splendors of heaven with
throngs of angels and saints.
Tickets for Pipe Dreams are available in advance at the
Hadley Union Building, at IUPtickets.com, or by calling 724-357-1313. Tickets
remaining will be sold at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. the night of the
concert. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for
students and children.
For more information on the concert or the Sound Choices series, contact the Lively Arts at
724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4, 20148:00 p.m.Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
David Martynuik, director, and Christine Clewell, organist, will collaborate on a concert featuring music for pipe organ with orchestra.
Tickets for this event will be available on April 8, 2014.
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