TERRE HAUTE -- The poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe are the inspiration for the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra concert, "Welcome to My Nightmare," which will be performed Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m., in the Cecilian Auditorium at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.
The concert is planned in partnership with the Vigo County Public Library "Big Read" program and Chris Schellenberg, VCPL Community Services Coordinator, who oversees the program will narrate the concert.
Several guest artists will perform popular musical selections.
Thirty minutes prior to the concert, Jerry Burns, known throughout the community for his skills as an organist, will entertain the audience as they are being seated in the Cecilian Auditorium. Vocalist Will Buchanan will sing the sentimental theme song from the movie "Ben," initially performed by Michael Jackson.
Will is a seventh-grader at Honey Creek Middle School and recently received a gold medal for his solo performance at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Indianapolis.
Steven Prescott, Chairperson of the Music and Theatre Department at SMWC and an accomplished performer on reed instruments, will play the alto saxophone solo in the popular song, "Body and Soul."
Prescott has performed throughout the Midwest, including positions as bass clarinetist for the Rochester, Minn., Symphony and principal clarinetist for the Danville Symphony Orchestra in Danville, Ill.
He also plays bass clarinet for the Terre Haute Symphony.
The songs of Stephen Foster, who was composing music in roughly the same time period as Poe, are familiar to many of us.
Baritone Michael Dean will sing a medley of Foster songs, including "My Old Kentucky Home," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming," and "Old Folks at Home."
Dean has been featured as a concert soloist for the National Memorial Day Celebrations at the Kennedy Center.
The program includes 'Danse Infernale, part of the one act ballet, The Firebird," by Igor Stravinsky, and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," by Paul Dukas, best known as the Disney movie with Mickey Mouse as the Apprentice, and "Les Miserables," the novel by Victor Hugo adapted to the musical stage by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. The ballet sequence from Gounod's opera, "Faust," will conclude the concert.
James N. Chesterton is the Music Director of the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra and Rodney A. Foster is Assistant Conductor.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.