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School of Music provides major concerts during Homecoming

Students and alumni come together for weekend of diverse performances


The University Symphony Orchestra and a group of alumni jazz musicians will entertain audiences during Ohio University’s Homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 15.  

The Symphony Orchestra will take stage at 8 p.m. in the Temple-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium and the Alumni Jazz Jam will commence at 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva.

The orchestra concert will present a repertoire of music from Scandinavia that will continue as the theme in their concerts throughout the 2010-2011 season. This concert marks the first performance of the year. It is free and open to the public.

“A symphony orchestra includes string musicians as well as winds and percussion,” said Steven Huang, director of the concert. “In the world of classical music, orchestra concerts represent the pinnacle of the genre, performing repertoire stretching over 400 years.”

The Alumni Jazz Jam at Casa Nueva will give alumni the unique opportunity to perform in Athens once again in a more laidback setting.  Ernie Bastin, Matt James and other School of Music faculty are organizing the nostalgic event. There will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

“In almost every community, music concerts represent a vital and important expression of the community's culture and arts,” Huang said. “Unlike home entertainment, or even movie theaters, live performing arts performances foster community spirit and awareness through communal experience.”