Wooster’s Symphony & Chorus Join Forces

The Wooster Symphony Orchestra and The Wooster Chorus will perform Friday, April 19 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall

April 8, 2013 by Jeffrey Lindberg

The Wooster Symphony Orchestra and The Wooster Chorus will perform Friday, April 19 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. at Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center on the campus of The College of Wooster.

Under the direction of Lisa Wong, conductor and assistant professor of music, the chorus and symphony will perform Fern Hill, by American composer John Corigliano, based on Dylan Thomas’ poem by the same name. Corigliano, well known for his award-winning score for the movie The Red Violin, wrote Fern Hill as a gift for his high school music teacher. The piece, writes Corigliano, “sings joyously of youth and its keen perceptions.”

Wooster’s Fern Hill features mezzo-soprano Amanda Russo. Russo, who has performed in a variety of operatic roles, received her B.F.A. in vocal performance with a minor in German from Carnegie Mellon University. After spending a year abroad in Vienna, Austria, she has returned to Indiana University where she is pursuing her doctoral studies in vocal performance.

In addition to conducting the Wooster Chorus and Wooster Singers, Lisa Wong is assistant director of choruses with the Cleveland Orchestra and director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Also on the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia On Greensleeves and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (New World), under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, Wooster Symphony conductor and professor of music. Lindberg asked community members to vote on the symphony that they would most like to hear; Dvorak’s popular work, composed when he was visiting the United States, won the vote.

Tickets are $5 (free for students) and are available at The Wooster Book Company, Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door of the concert. C.O.W. students may sign up for complimentary tickets at the Lowry Center Desk, and faculty and staff may obtain complimentary tickets at the Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore.  Tickets can also be ordered from the Scheide Music Center Office, 330-263-2419.