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Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra to perform Sunday

Sunday, February 28, 2010

TERRE HAUTE -- The Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra will conduct "Where The Black Hawk Soars," at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 7, in the Hippodrome Theatre at the Scottish Rite Building, 8th and Ohio streets, Terre Haute.

The first 100 persons arriving will receive a free copy of this year's "Big Read," book, "My Antonia."

Dr. David G. Behrs, President of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College will narrate the concert.

Behrs began his tenure as the 15th president of the college July 1, 2007, and is the first layman to be president of the college.

A distinguished administrator, Behrs spent the last 25 years of his career in higher education and is respected as an expert in enrollment management.

The Sinfonietta will open the program with the "Overture to La Forza Del Destino," (The Force of Destiny), by Giuseppe Verdi from his opera of the same name.

The music faithfully expresses the vitality and tension that characterized the westward expansion of North America by waves of European émigrés in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Scott Joplin composed some of the greatest works, including "The Entertainer," after moving to St. Louis in 1900.

The orchestra will attempt to set the time and place around the turn of the 20th Century by performing his music from the 1974 film, "The Sting," at the event.

Antonin Dvorak's original work, Symphony No. 9, sub-titled the "New World Symphony," emulates the indigenous styles of Africa-American and American folk music. The orchestra will play "Largo," from the symphony.

Ferde Grofe composed the tone poem, "Mississippi Suite," in 1925.

Its four movements describe the impressions of a journey down the Mississippi beginning with "Father of Waters," "Huckleberry Finn," "Old Creole Days," and ending with "Mardi Gras."

Because much of the "Big Read" book, "My Antonia," is set in the small Nebraska town of Black Hawk, the Robert W. Smith composition, "Where the Black Hawk Soars," will also be performed.

Assistant Conductor Rodney Foster will lead the orchestra in the number as well as W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."

Sinfonietta Music Director James N. Chesterton said the final number, "The Plow that Broke the Plains," by composer Virgil Thomson, is a difficult and "very impressionistic" piece that was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music.

Commissioned for a documentary film about the "Dust Bowl," the music is broken down into the following scenes, "Prelude," "Pastoral (The Grass)," "Cattle," "Blues (Speculation)," "Drought," and "Devastation."

Tickets for the performance may be purchased in advance at the Conservatory of Music and Popejoy's Music Center and at the door the day of the performance.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.



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