Alliance Symphony Orchestra to Present Concert

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE – The Alliance Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the University of Mount Union will present “Character Pieces” at 3 p.m. on October 5 in the Alliance High School auditorium.

Each piece on the program is remarkable in its own sense of strong, individual character or mood, from impassioned to meditative, and genial and nostalgic to angst-filled dissonance.  The orchestra will open with “Catskill Legend” by composer Paul Whear; “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt and “Music for Orchestra”by Václav Nelhýbel. Antonín Dvoƙák’s “Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88” will conclude the program.

Eric Benjamin, Music Director of the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, will conduct this program. Benjamin is in his fifth year as music director for the ASO and as an adjunct member of the of the music faculty at Mount Union. After graduating from the New England Conservatory with degrees in music education and orchestral conducting, Benjamin served as the resident conductor of the Akron Symphony, and is currently the music director of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic. He is in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras in Canton, Columbus, Cleveland, Wooster and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Performing the cello solo in Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” is Dr. Elaine Anderson, professor of music at the University of Mount Union. Anderson teaches cello, chamber music, orchestral literature and theory classes and directs the Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra. Anderson earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from the University of Alabama, a Master of Music degree in performance and theory from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in string education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras in Minnesota, Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina and South America.

Tickets to the event will be available at the door. A post-concert reception to meet and greet the performers will be held in the lobby following the program.

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