The USD Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The concert will feature Stephanie Kocher, flute instructor in the Music Department at USD, as soloist in Bach's monumental Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor.
The suite is made up of stylized Baroque dances and concludes with one of the most popular show pieces for the flute. Kocher is the flute instructor for The University of South Dakota and is active as a private teacher, adjudicator, clinician and performer throughout the Midwest. She holds bachelor of music degrees in music education and flute performance from Washburn University and a master's of music degree from Wichita State University.
Private teachers include Dr. Frances Shelley, Elizabeth Singleton, Ronn Boyd and Sylvia Boyd. In addition, she has performed in master classes with Michel Debost and James Walker, and has worked with Gary Schocker.
The program will also include George Chadwick's Serenade for Strings and Leo Delibes's suite, Le Roi S'Amuse. Delibes, a successful opera and ballet composer and professor of music at the Paris Conservatoire, wrote music to accompany Victor Hugo's play, and used old airs and dances as the musical themes.
George Chadwick was born in Lowell, MA, and studied music in both Leipzig and Munich. One of the most successful of the late 19th century American composers, his four movement serenade was written in 1890 and features lovely, lyrical melodies couched in late Romantic harmonies.
For more information contact Rick Rognstad, 677-5722.