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Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Stanley Chepaitis, will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Gorell Recital Hall, on the second floor of Sutton Hall.
The concert is set to include a number of pieces that embody themes ranging from natural wonder to childhood stories.
“I am [looking forward to this concert], and I am very pleased with the way the orchestra has dealt with the challenges of playing this music,” Chepaitis said.
The show will begin with an overture by Felix Mendelssohn titled “Fingal’s Cave.”
This overture was inspired by the strange echoes that occurred within Fingal’s Cave, located on the island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
After the overture, a French horn and orchestra concerto by Franz Josef Haydn will be performed, featuring a solo performed by IUP music department faculty member Dr. John Scandrett.
The “Mother Goose Suite,” a group of compositions by French impressionist composer Maurice Ravel, will wrap up the performance.
The compositions from this suite, which incorporates Mother Goose stories “Sleeping Beauty,” “Tom Thumb,” “Laideronnette” and “Beauty and the Beast,” communicate the innocence of a childhood story.
The symphony will perform them for about 600 second- and third-graders from Indiana County Schools Wednesday morning.
Chepaitis has been working on this performance with the IUP Symphony Orchestra since the beginning of the semester.
Tickets are $4 with an I-Card, $6 with a senior discount and $7 regular price.