Illinois Symphony Orchestra: 'Pines of Rome'
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[April 25, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- This weekend, as the season
finale of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series, the orchestra
will perform Ottorino Respighi's monumental triptych: "Pines of Rome," one of
the best loved, most requested works of classical music; "Fountains of Rome";
and "Roman Festivals." Rarely heard all together, this series of exhilarating
tone poems, so descriptive of Roman life, calls for a massive orchestra,
including seven trumpets, five trombones, mandolin and taped bird calls. To
accomplish this, the Illinois State University Orchestra will join side by side
with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to form a group of more than 100 musicians.
This is a wonderful concert for classical music lovers as well as newcomers.
The opening piece on the concert will be "Thunderwalker," by the
award-winning Chicago composer Stacy Garrop. Set in three movements
-- "Invoking the Gods," "Ritual" and "Summoned" -- this orchestral
tour de force juxtaposes classical formal elements with primitive
ritualistic rhythms to paint a colorful aural image reminiscent of
the exoticism of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." If you enjoy big,
bold, exhilarating music, this is the concert for you.
prelude to the evening, Maestra Karen Lynne Deal will announce the
2007-2008 season to the audience, prior to the public announcement
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Performances will be at Bloomington Center for the Performing
Arts on Friday and in Springfield at Sangamon Auditorium, University
of Illinois at Springfield, on Saturday. Both concert performances
begin at 8 p.m., following Concert Comments at 7:15.
For more information about the concert or other Illinois Symphony
Orchestra activities, please call 217-522-2838 or visit
http://ilsymphony.blogspot.com/. For ticket reservations, call
Sangamon Auditorium at 217-206-6160 or Bloomington Center for the
Performing Arts at 309-434-2777.
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