Monday, October 09, 2006

The Fairmont State University Community Orchestra will present a free concert in the Turley Center Ballroom at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

The orchestra, conducted by John Ashton, will open the program with the rarely performed "Sinfonietta" opus 1 of Benjamin Britten. The work has been described as "dark but triumphant" and is in three movements. The orchestra will also play Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral" symphony. The work was composed in 1808, and Beethoven himself wrote "ASTORAL Symphony, in which is expressed not [tone] painting, but feelings that are awakened by one's enjoyment of the country; in [this work] some impressions of country life are portrayed." He eventually gave each of the five movements a title reflecting some aspect of country life.

The afternoon's soloist will be bassoonist Dr. Constance Edwards, who will play the Bassoon Concerto, KV 191 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Edwards, an Assistant Professor of Music at FSU, has extensive experience as a performer and teacher. She comes to FSU from Arizona, where she completed her D.M.A. in bassoon performance with a minor in Musicology at the University of Arizona. She is a founding member of the Con Spirito woodwind quintet at FSU.

Following the concert, a reception will be offered by the Friends of the Symphony to allow the audience to meet the soloist.