ATHENS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will bring the warm and melodic music of Antonin Dvorak to the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord College on Saturday, September 23rd, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. David Langr and Andrea Di Gregorio, two first-chair virtuosos from the WVSO will exhibit their skills as soloists during this exciting concert.
Few composers wrote with as much contrast and variety as Dvorak did. Dvorak was born in 1841 in Nelahozeves, Prague. Much of his musical diversity can be attributed to his culture and his travels in Europe. While spending time in America, he encouraged American composers to become inspired by Native American music, Negro spirituals, and jazz, and base their compositions on America’s cultural heritage.
At the same time, Dvorak stayed true to his own European heritage by composing the sweeping and dramatic New World Symphony, a program which features Dvorak’s energetic Carnival Overture. Originally entitled To Life, this is one of the most exuberant concert overtures ever composed. Dvorak once said, “The music of the people is like a rare and lovely flower growing amidst encroaching weeds.”
Concord College invites you to experience this music as each note blossoms into the fullest of symphonic splendor.
For further information, please call Dr. Jim Lile at 1-304-384-5259. Tickets are: adults $5.00, seniors, $4.00, and non-Concord students $2.00. Admission is free for Concord College faculty, staff and students.
Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the College’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.
Jatin Atre and Shelley George, students in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department, wrote this press release.