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‘Pipe Dreams’ promises unusual performance

05/02/2014
Samantha Barnhart
Staff Writer

“Pipe Dreams,” the last Indiana University of Pennsylvania music department concert of the 2013-14 year, will bring big music to Fisher Auditorium at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The concert, directed by Dr. David Martynuik, features classical music performed by the IUP symphony orchestra alongside organist Dr. Christine Clewell.

Ben Bugaile (senior, music) said he is excited for “Pipe Dreams” because it is unlike typical instrumental concerts.

“I’m thrilled for the fact that the audience gets to hear something they don’t hear every day,” Bugaile said. “There are very few schools left that can collaborate organ with orchestra, and it’s exciting we get to.”

The concert will begin with Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 4. The second piece of the concert will be Joseph Jongen’s “Symphonie Concertante” and will feature a solo by Clewell, who is also an assistant professor at IUP.

“Symphonie Concertante” includes two movements that emphasize the organ’s importance and connection to the orchestra.

“In the first movement, there is interplay between a jaunty, contrapuntal tune and a more lyrical, extended melody,” according to the Lively Art’s website.

“Both the orchestra and the organ take turns combining and recombining material from both. The second movement is a beautiful song that features some of the most delicate scoring of the entire concert,” the website said. “Ending the work is the high-energy Toccata in which the organist explores the full range of the instrument.”

The last piece in the concert is Ottorino Respighi’s “Vetrate di Chiesa,” or “Church Windows.”

Martynuik said he is most excited for “Church Windows” because there are so many different moods and references to musical events, making it easy for anyone to relate to.

“The last piece of the program, Respighi’s ‘Church Windows,’ is my favorite piece of the program,” Martynuik said.

“It’s one that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time now, and I finally have the ensemble to do it.”

Music of this magnitude is not something the audience will be used to, but it is something they will enjoy, Martynuik said.

“I think the audience will like the entire concert because this is really big music,” Martynuik said. “It’s got a powerful quality just by the sheer size of the pieces. This is not a small concert. This is big music, and we haven’t done [a concert] of this magnitude before.”

He also stressed the concert’s importance to the students playing in the concert, who have been preparing for the past six weeks.

“The students and the orchestra, I think, are really excited to have the opportunity to do this kind of music because it’s not something – given the scale of it – that is going to be done very often,” he said.

This concert will have something for everyone, even for those who don’t know if they like classical music, he said.

“My guess is that if they go to it, they will realize that there’s something there that they will like,” Martynuik said.

“I would just encourage students to come out and hear the concert because, quite frankly, this type of event will not happen again for a very long time.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hadley Union Building, IUPtickets.com or by calling 724-357- 1313. They will also be sold at the door starting at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $6 for students and children, $9 regular admission and $8 for senior citizens.

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