The USD Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall. The concert will feature the two winners of the annual Concerto Competition, organist Wyatt Smith and trombonist Mark Sweeney.
The program will also include the tone poem, Finladia, by Jean Sibelius, which will be conducted by graduate student Victor Yip. Smith will play the organ part in the most substantial movement of Handel's Concerto No. 1, accompanied by the string sections and oboes. Sweeney will perform the last two movements of Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson's Concertino for Trombone, Op. 45, No. 7.
The concert will also include one of the great American composer Charles Ives' most noted works, The Unanswered Question, and conclude with A Sousa Lolapalooza. John Phillip Sousa is well known to music aficionados as "The March King." However, he was a much more complete musician and complex person than is generally realized. He played violin in Jacques Offenbach's orchestra which toured the U.S. in the 1870s, is in the hall of fame of the America Amateur Trapshooting Association, and wrote music much more diverse than marches.
The Sousa Lolapalooza will include "The Gliding Girl Tango," the aria, "Oh, Warrior Grim," from his most popular musical El Capitan, his funeral march "The Honored Dead," and will conclude with "The Washington Post March." This event is partially sponsored by a generous donation from the First Bank and Trust.
For more information, contact Rick Rognstad, 677-5722.