ASO Opens 49th Season With English Works
The Alma Symphony Orchestra opens its 49th season with a musical
trip to England that celebrates the engaging works of English composers
Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerard Finzi and Sir Arthur
The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The ASO also will perform an encore performance at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 at the Chippewa Hills High School Auditorium. The concert at Chippewa Hills is free and open to the public.
Alma Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Murray Gross returns for his fifth season as the
10th conductor of the ASO since it was founded in 1960. The ASO
comprises a mixture of Alma College students and faculty and community
“The concert promises to be an exciting performance,” says Gross. “The audience can expect colorful, beautiful and engaging music by prominent English composers. We also promise a surprise piece during the performance.”
The program will include Haydn’s “London” Symphony No. 104 in D Major and Arthur Sullivan’s (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) Overture to "Iolanthe."
Haydn, often referred to as the “father of symphony,” composed “London” on one of his multiple travels to England, and it has been an audience favorite since its premiere in 1795, says Gross. The piece is described as tuneful, exuberant and considered by some to be among the greatest of Haydn’s work.
Later this year the ASO will perform works by some of Russia’s greatest composers on Nov. 23 and French favorites on Feb. 8, 2009. The season concludes April 5, 2009 with the annual Masterworks Concert with the Alma College Choir.
Posted: Thu, October 2nd, 2008 at 11:10AM