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COSO Concert Features Musical Storytelling, Young Strings

April 5, 2000

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra will perform the President's Concert on Saturday, April 8, 2000, at 8 p.m. in Gray Chapel. This annual concert celebrates and exemplifies the Ohio Wesleyan University and central Ohio community relationship.

The concert will feature four works of orchestra, three of which tell in part stories set to music.

The program will open with Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide, written in 1956 for the Broadway musical production by the same name. Bernstein composed this just prior to West Side Story. The overture has become very popular with orchestras, and it contains many wonderful and memorable tunes from the play.

Dvorak's The Noon Witch was written in 1896 as part of a collection of four pieces describing various Bohemian folk tales written by Czech nationalist, K. J. Erben. These pieces were composed following Dvorak's American trip in which he was bestowed with many honors. They are the last works Dvorak wrote solely for orchestra. The story is similar to Hansel and Gretel but with an unhappy ending -- unless you are the witch!

Commissioned by Benny Goodman in 1947, Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto combines elements of jazz and Brazilian music. The soloist will be Dr. Nancy Gamso, professor of woodwinds at Ohio Wesleyan University. Dr. Gamso performs as a clarinetist throughout ventral Ohio. This concert will be her second time to solo with the orchestra.

COSO will close the subscription season with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. This well-known piece overflows with brilliant orchestral colors. Each section of the piece musically describes the wonderful stories told night after night by Scheherazade to the King. Rimsky-Korsakov was a noted composer and teacher at the end of the 19th century. He trained many composers who became famous in the 20th century.

Prior to the concert, at 7:30 p.m., members of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra's education program, The Young Strings, will perform for the audience. This group of outstanding high and junior high school students normally perform at the holiday concerts in Dec.. They will perform three short works including an Irish Reel and a Mozart Serenade.

This concert marks the end of the orchestra's 21st subscription season and the first for new Music Director Kevin Purcell. There will not be a pre-concert lecture prior to this performance.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students and children. They are available through ticket outlets at Pat's Music Sales, Coast to Coast Hardware, The Arts Castle (office hours only), the OWU Music Department, the COSO office, and at the door.

Please call the Symphony Office at 740-368-3712 or 888-999-COSO (toll-free) for out-of-town tickets. National City Bank is the major sponsor for this concert.