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Concert features eclectic mix of favorite orchestral works

Oct. 21, 2004

KALAMAZOO--An eclectic mix of favorite orchestral works and a guest performance by violinist Jun-Ching Lin of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra highlight the November concert of the University Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with the Overture to "The Hebrides' Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn was quite inspired by the beauty of the Scottish Hebrides and composed this musical setting to depict his impressions and experiences. The orchestra will then segue into Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor," with Jun-Ching Lin, assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and faculty member at Emory University.

In addition to soloing with the USO, Lin will perform with the Merling Trio in an evening concert Saturday, Nov. 6. He also will be in residence at the School of Music, will give master classes in violin, viola and chamber music during the preceding week; and will meet with selected Michigan high school students at the Western Invitational String Festival, Nov. 5.

The second half of the Nov. 7 concert will feature an interesting piece for strings only, titled "Rounds for String Orchestra" by American composer David Diamond. It is a one movement work using the imitative musical device known as the "round" to develop the thematic material. The program will conclude with "Symphony No. 1 in C Major" by Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 1 is a prime of example of Beethoven's early musical compositions. It still shows much respect to the forms, thematic development and style of the Classical era of musical history by composers such as Mozart and Haydn. The symphony is light, lively and enjoyable.

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Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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