Notable pieces in the symphony program include “Bright Light in the World” by Carol Brittin Chambers, with an obvious reference to light; followed by the dark, ominous music of Hector Berlioz’s “March to the Scaffold” from his famous “Symphonie Fantastique.” “Contraption” by Adrian B. Sims brings together both elements of dark and light in music that shifts in meter and mood.
“The Phantom of the Opera” commemorates the recent end of the longest-running show in Broadway history and its story of the shadowy Phantom.
“Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre brings back a direct reference to light with his piece based on a poem about light.
Entertainment design graduating senior Homer Maltby, of Chanhassen, Minn., featured on accordion, will play “Pantomime” by Rémy Magliocco, which is mysterious and somewhat dark in mood.
Joining the concert will be the Tower Saxophone Quartet performing Erika Svanoe’s “Mary Shelly Meets Frankenstein,” which imagines a scenario where the young author meets her own creation. The Blazin’ Brass Quintet will perform “Farandole” and the “Toreador Song,” both by Georges Bizet.
Jazz to inspire all musicians
The Jazz Orchestra concert will take place on the 124th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birthday and will pay homage to the jazz musician with several works by Ellington and those made famous by him.
“While we often think of him as a jazz composer, Ellington thought his music went beyond such simplistic categorizations and instead embraced the phrase ‘beyond category’ as a liberating principle and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music, inspiring all musicians,” Durst said of the importance of Ellington’s musical legacy.