Clemson Symphony Orchestra to perform Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak
CLEMSON — The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert showcasing the orchestral repertoire of Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak. The performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts will feature a variety of music for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber ensemble and with chorus.
The first portion of the concert is comprised of chamber orchestra selections, opening with the overture from Mozart’s last opera, “The Magic Flute.”
“Orchestras in Mozart’s day were smaller,” said conductor Andrew Levin. “Large orchestras certainly have their place, but it’s nice to hear more emphasis on the winds and a clarity of texture achieved when the string section is reduced in size. This is totally appropriate for the music of Mozart.”
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is next on the program. Often performed with an entire orchestral string section, the ensemble will perform the work more closely to the way Bach envisioned it, with fewer string players.
The first half of the concert concludes with the chamber ensemble performing with the Clemson University Singers. They will perform Brahms’ little-known “Nänie” led by Clemson’s director of choral activities, Justin Durham.
The second half of the concert brings the entire orchestra to the stage to play Symphony No. 8 by Dvorak. Written in four movements, the symphony takes the listener through a series emotions and musical colors, ending triumphantly and with great excitement.
Tickets to the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra concert are $5 for adults and free to students. Tickets and information are available at www.clemson.edu/Brooks or by calling the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.