David Russell and Jacob Boca

David Russell (top) and Jacob Boca (bottom).


Wooster Symphony Orchestra to perform masterworks

Community welcomes home cello soloist David Russell

10 February, 2015

The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, will perform French, German, and Chinese masterworks on Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22, 4:00 p.m. at the Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center, on the campus of The College of Wooster.

The concert begins with Debussy’s, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, first performed in 1894 and based on a poem by Debussy’s contemporary, Stephane Mallarme, who wrote about a faun (half-human, half-goat) who stops in the woods to sleep and to dream.

Cellist David Russell will return to his hometown to solo in a work by contemporary composer Chen Yi.  Russell, son of Wooster Music Professor Emeritus Jack Russell,  played with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Youth Orchestra when he was still in high school. Now a member of the Wellesley College faculty and a frequent performer in the Boston area, Russell will perform Eleanor’s Gift for Solo Cello and Orchestra.

Chen wrote Eleanor’s Gift as a tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt for her work in advancing the rights and freedoms of the individual. Premiered in 1998, the work was performed at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Chen describes her work, “In the concerto, I express my deep sympathy for people—especially for women—who have suffered or are suffering from violence and ill-treatment, who don’t have the rights and freedoms that they desire to have in the society, and my passionate yearning for peace in the world.”

Also soloing is College of Wooster senior Jacob Boca, who will perform Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in D Major by Johann Fasch, a German composer who wrote in the mid 1700s.

The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, which premiered in Vienna in 1813 at a charity concert for wounded solders, under the baton of Beethoven himself.

Tickets are $5 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. There is no charge for C.O.W. students, faculty, and staff.  For more information, contact: Jeff Lindberg, 330-263-2047.