USD Community Orchestra will feature Beethoven

USD Community Orchestra will feature Beethoven The USD Community Orchestra will perform Monday evening, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The concert will feature guest conductor Chris Bonds and the Rawlins Piano Trio in a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Opus 56.

An unusual and unprecedented piece, the work was written during one of Beethoven's most productive periods, during the winter of 1803-04, which also saw completion of his third symphony, The Eroica, and the Waldstein Piano Sonata. A prime example of Beethoven's middle period compositional style, the Triple Concerto will highlight virtuoso playing by trio members Susan Keith Gray, piano, John Thomson, violin, and Richard Rognstad, cello.

Chris Bonds is professor of music at Wayne State College in Nebraska, and concertmaster of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. The free concert will conclude with Gabriel Faure's Pelleas and Melisande Suite and Leroy Anderson's arrangement of Christmas carols.

For the performance of Beethoven, the orchestra will be augmented by six talented high school string players from Yankton, including violinists Silpa Somepalli, Vanessa Barnes, and Rhea Ehresmann; violists Chelsea Tieszen and Ulrike Kiechle, and cellist Stephanie Fiedler.

All scored very well on recent All-State Orchestra auditions, and were leading players at the first annual Yankton String Festival, at which the Rawlins Trio played the first movement of the Beethoven concerto.

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