Orchestra Program Is Unique and Impressive

Posted on 3/23/2010 1:33:09 PM
Richard Danielpour

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra and a variety of IUP faculty members and students performing in a concert that is both unique and impressive. The concert will be presented on Friday, March 26, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The program will begin with a three-movement piece by contemporary composer Christopher Theofandis titled “Visions and Miracles.” Written in 1997, Theofanidis had the distinction of being the 2006–2007 composer-of the-year for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, along with a host of other highly prestigious accomplishments throughout his career.

Next will be two movements from Felix Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The movements, titled “Notturno” and “Scherzo,” are part of a larger suite of incidental music completed in 1842 based on the comedy by William Shakespeare.

Andres CardenesBoth works will be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of members from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and under the direction of PSO concertmaster and violinist Andrés Cárdenes.

A specially-formed twenty-six-piece brass and percussion ensemble of IUP faculty members and students joined by five members of the PSO will then perform the electrifying piece “Icarus.” The work, which is also scored for two concert grand pianos, was commissioned by a consortium of eighteen universities and premiered by IUP’s own Keystone Winds Brass at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in Cincinnati in July 2009.

“Icarus” was written by current PSO composer-of-the-year and frequent visitor to IUP, Richard Danielpour. Danielpour dedicated the work to Jack Stamp, chair of the IUP Music Department, with the piece receiving its Pennsylvania premiere last November when it was performed in Heinz Hall as part of the IUP Plays Pittsburgh concert. The ovation following the performance was wildly enthusiastic and prolonged. Stamp will conduct.

University OrchestraThe Friday evening concert will close with the rarely-heard “Eighth Symphony” by Ludwig van Beethoven. For this work, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra will be joined by twelve IUP string students performing on violin, viola, and cello. Cárdenes will conduct this program finale.

Tickets for the Friday, March 26, concert are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door starting at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $16 regular admission, $14 for seniors and groups, and $10 for students and children.

For more information, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547, e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu, or call the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313. Tickets are also available at IUP Tickets.

Pictured above are composer Richard Danielpour (top) and PSO concertmaster and violinist, Andres Cardenes.