ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College’s Performance and Fine Arts Series opens its 2012 mid-winter performance schedule with the DSC Symphony Band in concert on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, and the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus.
The DSC Symphony Band is under the direction of long-time conductor Gary Caldwell, who is in his 33rdyear as director of bands at DSC.
The symphony band will perform nine stirring compositions, beginning with the Robert Sheldon composition entitled “Rhapsodic Celebration,” which features three brief connected musical tableaus, “Intrada,” “Serenade,” and “Galop,” that present their own distinct mood and style. The Band will also perform “Festival” by James Clifton Williams, Jr., the Scottish Highlands-inspired “Walking Tune” by Percy Grainger, the Jim Colonna composition “Dancing Day,” and Rossano Galante’s “The Redwoods.”
The band will also perform the old English folk song “O Waly, Waly” by Jay Bocook, the John Mackey piece “Hymn to a Blue Hour,” the Noah Taylor composition “Condition Red,” and the ensemble will conclude the performance with the David R. Gillingham arrangement, “Council Oak,” which was inspired by the significance of a grand oak tree which chronicles the history of the Seminoles on the Seminole Hollywood Reservation in Florida.
The Dixie State Symphony Orchestra,under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will be joined on stage by French violinist Frédéric Moreau, who will accompany the orchestra in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” and harpist Adriana Horn from the Dixie State Music Faculty in the performance of “Adagietto” by Gustav Mahler.
With nearly 100 concerts performed as a soloist each year, Moreau captivates audiences with his interpretations, his virtuosity and his charisma. Founder, soloist and director of the “Violons de France,” he is also a member of the Solstice Trio and the Goldoni Quartet.
The symphony will also perform the overture from “Russlan and Ludmilla” and “Sibelius Symphony No. 2.”
General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with current ID.
For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800, visit the DSC Box Office online, visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Cente or at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office prior to each evening’s performance.