Chamber orchestra to present Bach concert

Chamber orchestra to present Bach concert The University of South Dakota Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring the music of J.S. Bach on Wednesday, April 7, at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall on the USD campus.

The concert will feature the orchestra on instruments which are set up as Bach would have played them.

"Today you usually hear instruments that have been modernized," said orchestra director Dr. John Thomson. "They have been made louder, but have lost some of their sweetness. These instruments have the original gut strings and baroque bows. It is quite a different sound. Obviously, we benefit from having the Shrine to Music Museum which can lend these instruments to our students."

The concert will feature three soloists on these period instruments.

Dr. Mary Oleskiewicz will perform on baroque flute. Dr. O (as she is known to those who find her name challenging) recently came to Vermillion to work as a curator at The Shrine to Music Museum. She has much experience on the baroque flute, which is softer, but more beautiful than its modern counterpart. Dr. Larry Schou, a favorite of audiences in South Dakota, will perform on harpischord. Ingrid Seljaasen Miller, a graduate student from Norway, will perform on violin.

These three soloist will be featured in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

"This concerto contains one of the most spectacular harpsichord cadenzas ever written. I know the audience will be amazed to hear Larry play this difficult finger twister." Thomson said.

The concert is free.

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