IUP Symphony Orchestra to perform Vivaldi set

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Classical music lovers will be in for a treat Thursday as the IUP Symphony Orchestra will be performing six concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, including his iconic “Four Seasons,” from 8 to 10 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

Music professor Dr. Stanley Chepaitis will conduct the orchestra. Chepaitis earned the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman School of Music, has recorded three CDs of original works and has toured the world performing and delivering musical clinics.

The IUP Symphony Orchestra is one of several musical ensembles that are sponsored by the IUP music department.

According to the music department, the IUP Symphony Orchestra “provides students with experience performing a broad range of orchestral repertoire, from the great symphonies to challenging and unusual new works.”

The orchestra is comprised of a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as both music majors and non-majors, and practices as a group four hours weekly.

The Symphony Orchestra performs two major concerts every semester. Chepaitis said he ensures the orchestra plays a variety of different music and performances, even though this concert will focus primarily on the string section of the orchestra.

“As a teacher, I want to take care that my students have a big range of experiences,” Chepaitis said, “that they don’t walk out of here never having played this or that type of thing, so we try to cover all eras of music including contemporary, old and everything in-between.”

For this concert, Chepaitis chose these particular works because “everyone loves it, and [for] string players particularly, this is one of the highlights of their year.”

According to Chepaitis, it was not until after the end of World War II in the late ’40s that a group of music historians started to collect and organize Vivaldi’s work, helping to bring it back to prominence in the ’50s.

The “Four Seasons” concerti are especially iconic, and Chepaitis notes that they are extremely clever works of music as “they use all the tricks in the book to portray the imagery of each season.”

Individual tickets for I-Card holders, students and children are $6, senior citizens (60+) can purchase tickets for $8 and regular tickets are $10.