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Wooster Symphony: Bringing Gershwin to Life

For more information, contact: Jeffrey Lindberg, 330-263-2047

28 October, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, conductor and professor of music, will perform Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 at Gault Recital Hall, 525 E. University St., on the campus of The College of Wooster.

Opening the concert is the rollicking and familiar Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, written by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka in 1846. It is followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major. Premiering in 1801, the first of Beethoven’s nine symphonies is known for its simple, classical form, revealing the influences of the 30-year-old composer’s teacher, Joseph Haydn.

Providing a distinctly American contrast to Russian romanticism and Viennese classicism, the orchestra will also perform Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, composed in 1925. Piano soloist Logan Skelton, an acclaimed pianist, composer, and teacher, is professor of piano and director of doctoral studies in piano performance at the University Michigan. He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia and has been featured on many public radio and television stations.

The orchestra will perform a new critical edition of Gershwin’s masterpiece, prepared by Timothy Freeze, visiting a professor at Wooster. He has published research on Gustav Mahler, Viennese operetta, and Aaron Copland and is currently working on a critical edition of Gershwin’s Concerto in F for the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition. Before coming to Wooster, Freeze taught at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and at IES Abroad in Vienna, Austria.

Tickets are $10 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. All students are admitted free of charge, and C.O.W. 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.