Alma Symphony Orchestra Performs Timeless Classics
Familiar music by well-known classical composers including Bach, Handel and Mozart will highlight the next concert of the Alma Symphony Orchestra.
The ASO performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12th 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.
While the concert will not feature holiday tunes, it will capture the season’s festive mood, says ASO Conductor Murray Gross.
The Alma Symphony Orchestra
“It’s a very busy time of the year, and people are inundated with holiday songs wherever they go,” he says. “While we are not doing a Christmas program, these well-known and beautiful classics still fit the spirit of the season.”
The concert begins with a sonata from Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Piano e forte,” a piece written in 1597 for the St. Marks Cathedral of Venice.
“Because this piece is intended for antiphonal brass, we’ll have two different brass choirs on either side of the auditorium,” says Gross. “That is an interesting way to start the concert.”
Following Gabrieli’s composition are suites from Handel’s “Water Music” and Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” After intermission, the orchestra performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, featuring a solo by Alma College faculty pianist Raymond Riley.
The concert provides an opportunity for people to “take a timeout from the hustle and bustle of the holidays,” says Gross.
“Orchestral concerts take you to a different place,” says Gross. “It’s 1.5 hours when you are transported into a different time. You can experience wonderful emotions and live outside the hectic pace of modern life.”
Posted: Mon, November 29th, 2010 at 7:58AM