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Published: October 9, 2017 Author: Staff reports

The Ohio University School of Music presents a special concert by the OHIO Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium, celebrating the inauguration of the 21st president, Dr. M. Duane Nellis, and the School of Music’s 100th anniversary. The orchestra will feature compositions written specifically for OHIO by two faculty emeriti, and perform selections from significant years in the University’s history.

The featured piece, “American Rhapsody,” was written in 1953 by Emeriti Professor Erno von Dohnanyi for the OHIO Orchestra, in celebration of the university’s sesquicentennial. The piece combines classical style with references to American folk songs from the region. Rounding out the program will be Professor Emeritus Mark Phillips’ composition, “Into The Streets,” commissioned for the University’s Turning 200 celebration in 2004.

The concert program also includes Rossini’s overture to “La Cenerentola,” composed in 1817, Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” (1867), and Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony,” composed in the founding year of the School of Music, 1917.

The OHIO Symphony Orchestra is devoted to the training of outstanding instrumentalists in the performance of a wide range of styles in the orchestral repertoire. In addition to its own concert series, the Symphony Orchestra collaborates in performances with choral ensembles, Opera Theater and the Performing Arts Series.

Associate Professor of Instrumental Conducting-Orchestral Steven Huang has served on faculty at Ohio University since 2004, while conducting orchestras and operas across the country and throughout the world.

This event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the School of Music, and is sponsored by Arts for OHIO. The concert is free and open to the public.