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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Concertmistress Martha Nyatawa and first violin Scott Novotney perform with the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra.
TERRE HAUTE -- The Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra spring concert, "The Call of the Wild," features music inspired by the Jack London book that is also the 2009 "Big Read" selection for the Vigo County Public Library.

The concert will be presented Sunday, March 8, 2009, at the Hippodrome Theatre in the Scottish Rite Building, located at 8th and Ohio streets, Terre Haute, beginning at 3 p.m.

Free copies of the book will be distributed to all concert attendees. Cost of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

Sheron Dailey, Indiana State University Communications Professor Emerita, will narrate the program. Dailey has earned a reputation as a performer, reading and narrating at events as diverse as reading form Shakespeare's plays for "Shakespeare and Music," with the Columbia Missouri Symphony Orchestra and reciting poetry at the Vigo County Public Library. She will also narrate as the orchestra performs Prokofieff's triumphal march from "Peter and the Wolf."

Michael Boswell and Valerie Higbee will sing a duet to James Horner's composition, "Somewhere Out There," that won the Academy Award for the best original song in the 1987 movie, "An American Tail." Boswell teaches voice, language diction and music history at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and is active as a soloist and chorister. He recently appeared with Grammy nominated Santa Fe Pro Musica as a soloist in Bach's "St. John Passion," and Haydn's "Creation."

Higbee is a senior voice major at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, who most recently sang with the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra at its 2008 fall concert and has appeared in a number of concerts and performances as a soloist and member of the SMWC Madrigal Chorale.

The program will begin with Aaron Copeland's "An Outdoor Overture," written in 1938 at the request of the High School of Music and Art in New York City that wanted American music for American youth. Described as buoyant and invigorating, "An Outdoor Overture," reflected the composer's change from austerity and dissonance toward a more folksy simplicity.

James Chesterson, Sinfonietta Music Director noted that the underlying theme of the concert is also a call to adventure and that is very evident in the final number, James Horner's "Apollo 13."

Rodney Foster, Assistant Conductor, will direct "Aspen Fantasy," by Francis Feese, "Dark Adventure," by Ralph Ford, and "Where the Black Hawk Soars," by Robert Smith.

For more information about the concert, call 812-535-6440 or 812-466-2755. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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