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Alma Symphony Orchestra Performs ‘Suite’ Music

“The concert will have a lot of variety, with music from different times, languages and countries. We have selected some of our favorite movements that will appeal to both the serious and casual music lover.” — Murray Gross

<em>Alma Symphony Orchestra</em> Alma Symphony Orchestra

The Alma Symphony Orchestra will perform “suite” music during its December concert, including excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite” and the familiar tunes from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

The ASO’s second concert of the 2016-17 season will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 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.

“We are highlighting the suite — a form of music composition that differs from symphonies, overtures and concertos,” says Murray Gross, music director and conductor. “Suites tend to be shorter and lighter. Many of the works on the program are based on recognizable tunes that will be very familiar to concert goers.”

<em>Tess Miller</em> Tess MillerThe program also will include Edvard Grieg’s “Air” from “Holberg Suite,” Sergei Prokofiev’s “Troika” from the “Lieutenant Kije Suite” and Georg Telemann’s Suite in A minor for Flute and Strings, which will feature flute soloist Tess Miller.

“Telemann’s suite is a wonderful piece with delightful melodies for the flute,” says Gross. “Tess has said that this was the piece that originally inspired her to be a flute player.”

Miller, a member of the Alma College music faculty, is an avid chamber musician who performs regularly with Extreme Duality and the Durant Street Wind Quintet. She plays flute and piccolo with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and actively freelances throughout Michigan. She also is a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program and provides live, prescribed music at the bedside of patients at McLaren Greater Lansing.

“The concert will have a lot of variety, with music from different times, languages and countries from around the world,” says Gross. “We have selected some of our favorite movements that will appeal to both the serious and casual music lover.”

The approximately 80-member Alma Symphony Orchestra includes a mix of professional musicians from the mid-Michigan area and Alma College student-performers.

Story published on November 16, 2016