Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents
Concert focuses on the father of the symphony
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[March 02, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- In the tradition of "Mozart's
Letters" and "Beethoven's Letters," the Illinois Chamber Orchestra will present
"Haydn's Letters," a concert of music by Franz Joseph Haydn, the father of the
symphony. Haydn's own music and letters will provide an enjoyable evening of
wonderful classical music this weekend as well as insight into the life of one
of the most famous of all classical composers.
Performances will be at Springfield's First Christian Church on
Friday and in Bloomington at St. John's Lutheran Church on Saturday.
Both concert performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Excerpts from Haydn's
correspondence with friends, family and patrons will be read between
the music, inviting the audience into the thoughts and feelings of
the composer. Selections will include Symphony No. 2 and Symphony
No. 103 ("Drum Roll"), along with excerpts from the "Surprise
Symphony" and the "Clock Symphony."
Stephen Parsons, principal trombone with the Illinois Symphony
Orchestra, will play Michael Haydn's Concerto for Trombone. Written
by Haydn's younger brother, the concerto features the alto trombone,
a most unusual instrument, barely known in the 18th century.
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For ticket reservations, call the Springfield Sangamon Auditorium
at 217-206-6160 or Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts,
309-434-2777. Tickets are $23 for general admission or $15 for rush
tickets from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the door.
For more information about this performance, Maestra Deal or
other Illinois Symphony Orchestra activities, please call
217-522-2838 or visit
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