Nov. 10, 2011

Symphony Orchestra, Festival Chorus Set for “AT SEA” Concert Nov. 20


GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo Symphony Orchestra and Festival Chorus are joining forces for a program titled "AT SEA" Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the college's Wadsworth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

On the program are "Fingal's Cave Overture" by Felix Mendelssohn and two works by former Eastman of Music Director Howard Hanson: "A Sea Symphony" and "Song of Democracy."

James Walker, distinguished service professor of music, and student Louis Lohraseb, are orchestra conductor and assistant conductor, respectively. Gerard Floriano, professor of music, is director of the chorus.

"It's a coupling of three wonderful works, all with allusions to the sea," said Walker. "Mendelssohn's famous "Fingal's Cave Overture" begins the journey. Fingal's Cave is a sea cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Mendelssohn was inspired to write the overture after hearing the sounds of the sea as it passed through the cathedral-like structure of the cave. The cave actually became a very popular tourist destination because of the overture!"

Hanson's inspiration for his "Sea Symphony" and "Song of Democracy" was the poetry of Walt Whitman with its many references and allusions to the sea. Hanson was a formidable force in American music. As the first director of the Eastman School of Music, he influenced and guided the path of hundreds of well-known American composers for many decades.

For more information on the concert, call 585-245-5824.

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