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IUP music series to close with rare performance

by IUP News Service on April 26, 2014 10:49 AM

The IUP music department will conclude the 2013-14 performance season with a unique concert, titled Pipe Dreams, at 8 p.m. May 4 in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

It will feature the IUP Symphony Orchestra and organist Christine Clewell, and is the final presentation this year in the Lively Arts’ Sound Choices series.

“The performance and collaboration between orchestras and organists happens very rarely,” said David Martynuik, conductor for the concert.

“There is actually a great tradition of monumental works created for this particular combination, but due to limited rehearsal time and excessive expense, these works are rarely performed.”

The concert will open with Edward Elgar’s spirited “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 4. This work was originally composed in 1907 and is also known as the “Song of Liberty.”

Clewell will be the featured soloist on the “Symphonie Concertante” for Grand Organ and Orchestra by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen.

Born in 1873, Jongen was a musical prodigy who excelled in organ, piano and composition beginning at the age of 7 when he was enrolled in the Liage Conservatory. Evidence of his extensive travels and studies is apparent throughout his music, and the influence of composers like Holst, Debussy and Stravinsky is unmistakable.

Following intermission, the concert will continue with Ottorino Respighi’s “Vetrate di Chiesa” (“Church Windows”).

“Respighi, like many of his contemporaries after World War I, believed that for Italian music to remain viable, there had to be contributions by Italian composers to more genres than just opera,” Martynuik said.

“His four impressions on church windows are masterpieces of programmatic music for orchestra.”

Next, “Saint Michael the Archangel” is a masterwork for the orchestra and organ and depicts the eponymous individual’s rallying of the forces of heaven to cast out Lucifer and the rebelling angels.

“Saint Gregory the Great” concludes the concert.

Tickets for Pipe Dreams are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building, at IUPtickets.com, or by calling (724) 357-1313. Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting at 7 p.m. the day of the concert. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for students and children.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or email lively-arts@iup.edu.

Information is also available at iup.edu/livelyarts.

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