Washington University Symphony Orchestra in concert Oct. 8

American Arts Experience performance to feature recent works by Martin Kennedy and George Chave

Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Dan Presgrave will lead the Washington University Symphony Orchestra in a concert for the American Arts Experience—St. Louis Friday, Oct. 8, in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall.

The Washington University Symphony Orchestra will feature works by two composers affiliated with the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences as part of a program of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century American music.

The performance, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, is co-sponsored by the American Arts Experience-St. Louis. The new annual festival will include dozens of events — ranging from classical and popular music to theatre, dance and the visual arts — at venues throughout the city Oct. 1-17.

Conducted by orchestra director Dan Presgrave, the program will open with “Hoe-Down from Rodeo” (1942) by Aaron Copland (1900-1990), followed by the first suite from “Woodland Sketches” (1896) by Edward MacDowell (1860-1908). The latter is among the best-known pieces by MacDowell, who was perhaps the most prominent American composer at the turn of the last century.

The program will continue with “Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon and Orchestra,” a new work by George Chave, a WUSTL alumnus who earned his doctorate in composition in 1988. Now an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Chave premiered the piece at UTA last April. Soloists for this performance will be WUSTL seniors Rachael Hyland, flute; and Daniel Webster-Clark, bassoon.

Next will be “Three Pieces for Orchestra” (1999) by Martin Kennedy, assistant professor of composition in the Department of Music. In 2000, the piece earned Kennedy his second Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Concluding the program will be the second, “Scherzando (Playfully)” movement from “Urban Dances: Dance Suite in Five Movements” (1996) by Richard Danielpour (b. 1956).

The performance is free and open to the public. The E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall is located in the university’s 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., at the intersection with Delmar Boulevard.

For more information, call (314) 935-5566 or e-mail kschultz@artsci.wustl.edu.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Washington University Symphony Orchestra

WHAT: Program of American music

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

WHERE: E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., at the intersection of Trinity and Delmar Boulevard

COST: Free and open to the public

INFORMATION: (314) 935-5566 or e-mail kschultz@artsci.wustl.edu.