Pianist Susanne Skyrm will highlight a free concert given by the USD Symphony Orchestra, USD Chamber Singers and University Chorus on Monday evening, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Slagle Auditorium on the USD campus.
Dr. Skyrm of the USD Department of Music faculty and the College of Fine Arts first Knutson Scholar, will play the featured role in Beethoven's Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 80. Often thought of as a study for his famous Ninth Symphony in which Beethoven included chorus, the popularly known Choral Fantasy combines elements of both a piano concerto and large-scale choral work. Written in 1808 it includes many sparkling orchestral passages and the famous theme used in the finale of the Ninth Symphony.
The USD Chamber Singers, under the direction of David Sharlow, will perform two a cappella pieces. USD Symphony Orchestra conductor Richard Rognstad will lead the orchestra in the world premiere performance of Prelude and Fugue from the Sonata for Orchestra, by Parkston native Kenneth Klauss.
Klauss, born in 1923, studied composition at the University of Nebraska and at the University of Southern California where he worked with Austrian composer Ernst Toch. Also on the program will be the overture to Telemann's Don Quixote Suite, and Beethoven's powerful Egmont Overture.