ONU Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Travis Jürgens will conduct the Symphony Orchestra in this concert, entitled “Beethoven and Beyond.” The program opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, followed by a 21st century work by Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg entitled Winter: Ghosts of the Grasslands. This particular piece includes guitar and unusual percussion instruments. Heitzeg is recognized for his orchestral, choral and chamber music written in celebration of the natural world, with evocative and lyrical scores frequently including naturally-found instruments such as stones, manatee and beluga whale bones and sea shells. An advocate for the “peaceful coexistence of all species through music,” Heitzeg has written more than 150 works, including compositions for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, ballet and PBS films.
The next work will feature a winner of the concerto competition, Chang Tong, who will perform Eric Sammut’s Sugaria: Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra. Chang Tong is currently a student at Ohio Northern University studying percussion performance. His awards include the ONU International Talent Award, ONU International Scholarship, the Dr. Bruce Burton International Student Involvement Award, and the Agnes Fowler Ohio Collegiate Scholarship for Outstanding Music Performance.
After intermission, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s humorous and spirited Symphony No. 1 in C Major.
$20 - Adults
$15 - Seniors
$10 - Faculty/Staff
$5 - Students/Children
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