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Winter Concert

For this season's Winter Concert, I have chosen the theme of "DMCO Tours Europe." This free concert will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Drake's Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main.

You are cordially invited to the pre-concert talk I will be offering as the music director/conductor of the orchestra. The talk will take place in Levitt Hall on the upper level at 1:00 p.m. and will last about forty minutes, allowing time for all of us to get in position for the concert.

We will feature composers from four European countries: England (Gustav Holst), Spain (Joaquín Rodrigo), Germany (Max Bruch), and Italy (Vittorio Monti). In addition, two of the compositions we will play are representative of other areas of the world.

Gustav Holst is known mostly today for his composition The Planets (1916), but the work that best represents his major step to that mature style came as early as 1903 with the work we will be playing today. Based on a legend from India, Indra represents a move towards exotic material in both the subject and its musical style.

We welcome back two artists who have soloed with the orchestra in the past. The first is David Crabbs on guitar. He played Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranjuez with us before. Today he joins us to perform Rodrigo's other famous work, the Fantasía para un gentilhombre.

The second half of the concert will feature another soloist, Andrew Sords, on violin. He played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with us previously to great acclaim, and we have invited him back to perform the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor by Bruch. In addition, we decided to play a "scheduled encore," Czardas by Monti.

I am certain that you will find much for all ages to enjoy on this concert; and the orchestra looks forward to presenting it. We do appreciate your support and we hope that you will be able to attend both the concert and the talk beforehand.

As always, we offer to anyone attending our dress rehearsal (9:30 a.m. to noon on Sat., Feb. 10, in Sheslow Auditorium) the unique opportunity of sitting onstage among the orchestra members. This is informal, for all ages, and free!


Carl B. Johnson, Music Director and Conductor