The USD Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall. The concert will feature four works by American composers that demonstrate the search by Americans to develop a uniquely American style of composition. By the end of the 19th century, thousands of American musicians had travelled to Europe to study at the great European music conservatories. While there they were in the same classes with the same instructors as their European counterparts, yet their music is unknown, partly because the American composers had difficulty coming up with a distinctively American style. Works by Cadman, Goldmark, and Cowell will demonstrate directions composers took in this quest.
The concert will also include the robust overture to the Don Quixote Suite by Georg Telemann and the charming “Soirées Musicales” of Benjamin Britten. As the basis of his suite Britten used music written by the Italian opera composer Rossini. The lyricism of the original melodies is enhanced by Britten’s masterful orchestration and setting. Graduate student Victor Yip will conduct the two pieces by Cadman. This event is partially sponsored by a generous donation from the First Bank and Trust.
For more information contact Rick Rognstad, 677-5722.