Oct. 3, 2006
Philharmonia Orchestra Will Present Free Concert Oct. 15
The University of Iowa Philharmonia Orchestra will present a free concert led by conducting students of William LaRue Jones, UI director of orchestral studies, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert, with conductors Alec Mariani, Samuel Stapleton and Jeremy Starr, will feature a program that includes works dedicated to the different times of the day. The complete program will be:
--The Overture to "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" by Franz von Suppe, conducted by Mariani;
-- "Dance of the Hours" from the opera "La Gioconda" by Amilcare Ponchielli, with Stapleton conducting; and
-- Starr leading a performance of Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D. 125.
Von Suppe was a successful composer of Viennese light operas who is remembered chiefly for his lively and tuneful overtures. "Morning, Afternoon and Evening in Vienna" was first performed in Vienna in 1844. Although the operetta has never been revived, the overture is one of Von Suppe's most popular.
The leading Italian opera composer of the generation between Verdi and Puccini, Ponchielli is known to concert-goers as the composer of "The Dance of the Hours," made famous in Walt Disney's "Fantasia" in 1940 and Allan Sherman's 1963 parody version, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh." The dance appears in the third of the opera's four acts as an entertainment at a party held by the sinister chief of the State Inquisition. The dance is composed as a succession of short programmatic movements following the passage of time throughout the day, from morning to night.
Schubert composer his Second Symphony in 1815, when he was only 18, a year of astonishing creativity that saw the completion of 150 songs, two string quartets, two symphonies, two masses, and four light operas. Based on the conventions of the classical symphonies of Haydn and Mozart, the Second Symphony was quite conservative in comparison to Beethoven's recent Seventh and Eighth Symphonies.
All three conductors are graduate students who have all led the Philharmonia in previous years.
Mariani has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and a master's degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He currently plays double bass in the Cedar Rapids Symphony while studying at the UI School of Music with Volkan Orhon for a doctorate in double bass performance and with Jones for a master's degree in orchestral conducting.
Stapleton received his bachelor's degree in violin performance from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has spent the past two years teaching private and group Suzuki violin lessons in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and playing with the Cedar Rapids and Dubuque He was concertmaster of a world youth symphony in Matsumoto, Japan.
Starr received his bachelor of music degree from Brigham Young University, where he served as concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Utah, he played in the first violin section of the Orchestra on Temple Square, the performing and recording volunteer orchestra for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
One of four major orchestral ensembles in the UI School of Music, the Philharmonia, features an expandable instrumentation that allows for a variety of repertoire from Classical to contemporary composers. Designed for undergraduate students, Philharmonia presents two or more concerts each semester and is conducted by graduate conducting majors in the School of Music.
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