Purdue Philharmonic to provide Homecoming encore

October 9, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Works by Prokofiev and Schumann will provide a dramatic orchestral encore for Purdue's Homecoming weekend when the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra takes the stage of the Long Center on Saturday (Oct. 13).

The concert, sponsored by Purdue Bands and Orchestras, begins at 8 p.m. in the theater at 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette. Admission is free.

After opening the concert with Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro Overture," the orchestra - under the direction of Andrew King - tackles Robert Schumann's three-movement work "Overture, Scherzo and Finale."

Schumann composed the Overture as a stand-alone work, and added the Scherzo and Finale movements later. The work was written in 1841 and revised over the ensuing 12 years. During that time, Schumann changed orchestration, cut repeats and altered transitions.

Schumann used the contrast between two musical ideas - tense and joyful - to build drama. The Scherzo and Finale bring majesty and liveliness to the work.

The other major work on the program is Sergei Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 1," or "Classical Symphony."

 During his formative years, the Russian composer's work was considered avant-garde and difficult to understand. So music historians find it intriguing that one of his most famous works, "Symphony No. 1," is a piece that looks back to the older style of Haydn and is the "Classical."

The Philharmonic rounds out its Saturday concert with Emmanuel Chabrier's "Hananera" and Jean Sibelius' "Valse Triste."

Contact: Kathy Matter, 765-496-6587, kcmatter@purdue.edu

Related website: Purdue University Bands

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