FOLK & FASHION
Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.
Frank Arts Center Theater
Featuring concertmaster, Heather Austin-Stone and principal violist, Dana Rokosny.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364
Sylvestre Revueltas: Colorines
Antonin Dvorak: Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39
"Folk and Fashion" celebrates the less filtered side of musical life (Revueltas, Dvorak) juxtaposed with some of Mozart's most elegant music. To be sure, there is great playfulness and powerful expression in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, a double concerto, which features Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert Master, Heather Austin-Stone and Principal Viola, Dana Rokosny. It is difficult to find more musical pathos, for instance, than the slow movement of the Sinfonia Concertante. Yet, even when earthy, Mozart sieves that experience so that it becomes perhaps both more concentrated and at the same time so refined. In contrast, Dvorak is at his most bucolic in his peasantish Czech Suite, filled with one beautiful melody or great dance rhythm after another. Right at the center of the program we present the outrageously colorful and brashly pulsing music of Mexican composer, Sylvestre Revueltas, in this homage to his home country.
SALT OF THE EARTH
Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Frank Arts Center Theater
Featuring principal clarinetist, David Drosinos
Béla Bartòk: Romanian Folk Dances
Paul Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée
John Williams: Viktor’s Tale
Hayden Symphony No. 104, "The London"
We open with Bartòk's Romanian Folk Dances derived from the music of the traditional dances of Transylvania, Romania, and Hungary. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Principal Clarinetist, David Drosinos, is featured in "Salt of the Earth" with pieces that explore the energy of life of Central Europe. Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim's Pastorale Variée is wistful and bucolic, while John Williams' Viktor's Tale contrasts with great vigor. We close with Haydn's final symphony, a masterpiece written with hat doffed to the Londoners for whom it was written. The piece is profound and also by turns jaunty, strong, expressive, and, of course, earthy .
The orchestra is composed of fine musicians from the Baltimore-Washington area, many of them talented members of the Shepherd University music department faculty. The orchestra’s exciting programming provides “something for everyone” on each concert, regardless of personal listening preference or prior exposure to classical music. Concerts feature selections from well-known classical orchestra repertoire, often an outstanding soloist, and at least one, usually lesser-known, newer composition of wide appeal.
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The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra (2RCO) was founded in 2008. After years of careful discussion and planning the Friends of Music Board of Directors decided unanimously to take on the project. Thirty-Seven founders contributed $1,000 each to fund the first season. On Saturday, March 15, 2008, the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra made its debut before a standing-room only audience in the Frank Arts Center of Shepherd University. A total of 36 musicians—strings, woodwinds, brass and tympani—performed Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Mozart’s Concerto for Piano in A No. 23 (featuring Dr. Scott Beard), John Rutter’s beautiful Five Meditations for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. (Dr. Beard performed on the university’s fabulous Fazioli piano, purchased with funds raised by The Friends of Music.) The audience response was overwhelming, the financial support from a very appreciative community continued and a second season was planned.
On Saturday, September 27th, 2008, West Virginia’s newest professional orchestra once again performed a sold-out concert in Shepherdstown. This time the concert opened with Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84, then featured internationally known guitarist William Feasley on Rodrigo's beautiful Concierto de Aranjuez before closing the first half of the concert with the regional premiere of Danzón No. 2 by Anton Márquez. The second half of the program featured Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and closed with a rousing performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 5, 6 and 7. Again, a thunderous standing ovation and significant financial support flowed from the appreciative audience.
March 2009 saw two performances of the 2RCO, one in Shepherdstown and one in Martinsburg, WV. The concert included Strauss's Die Fledermaus Overture, Mozart's Concerto for Flute & Harp in C Major, K. 299 featuring Anne Munro and Caroline Hudson, Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz, and Mendelssohn's Symphony #3 in A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish". Once again the audience was moved by the performance, particularly of the Appalachia Waltz which concluded the first half. Following the success of these performances, the Board of Directors embarked upon a third season of this much-loved ensemble.
Season three included two concerts, one in October and another in March. On October 17th, the 2RCO presented a tribute to American composers including our own Guy Frank, founder of the music program at Shepherd. The program featured Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,”Guy Frank’s Symphonic Triptych, the east coast premiere of Joseph Curiale’s Awakening and concluded with Copland’s Four Dances from “Rodeo”. The March 13, 2010 concert opened with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Op. 96, and the Mozart Concerto for Clarinet in A, featuring David Drosinos. Another exciting work from Anton Márquez, the Conga del Fuego, closed the first half and Beethoven’s towering Symphony No.7 in A, Op. 92 closed the concert.
Season four opened on September 18th with the exciting Russlan and Ludmilla overture of Glinka and featured our principal oboe, Greg Shook, on the beautiful and rarely heard Albinoni concerto for Oboe and Strings. Haydn's fascinating Farewell Symphony closed the first half and a set of Slavonic Dances from Opus 46 of Dvorak concluded the concert.
March 12, 2011 held an exciting concert program of music old and new with a decided "south of the border" flair. The exciting Mexican Composer Javier Alvarez provided the exciting opener Metro Chabacano and Astor Piazzola, the "Father of the New Tango" closed the concert with his own "Four Seasons", not from Vivaldi's Italy but from Piazzola's Argentina. The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires was a work to be remembered. Concertmaster, Ms. Heather Austin Stone, graced us with her performance of the much loved Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
Jed Gaylin to Lead the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 8
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Performed by 2RCO Sept. 18, 2010
Concerto in C, Op. 9, No. 5: Adagio non troppo
for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
Performed by 2RCO Sept. 18, 2010
Read more about the history of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.