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Lamar Civic Orchestra’s “Baroque to Modern” Concert

The Lamar Civic Orchestra will take audience members on a classical music journey from the Baroque period though the 20th century at its fall concert, “Baroque to Modern,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. The free performance will be in the Setzer Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Lamar University.

“This is a great concert with some fun stories and surprises in store for the audience,” said Kurt Gilman, coordinator of the strings program and interim chair of the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar. “There are some interesting side notes about these works that not many people will be familiar with.”

The concert, under the general direction of Gilman, opens with Gaspar Cassadó’s “Toccata,” in the style of Girolamo Frescobaldi, followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s “Sinfonia VIII in D Major” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto No. 1 in D for Horn and Orchestra,” featuring Robert Culbertson, professor of music, on horn.

The final work on the program will be Igor Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale,” which are frequently performed separately from the rest of his “Firebird” ballet suite. The Lamar Civic Orchestra performance is from Stravinsky’s re-orchestration of 1919.

The Lamar Civic Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra, organized by Gilman in 2008 to provide an opportunity for trained musicians from all walks of life to perform together and enrich the community.  The orchestra’s members include undergraduate and graduate students at Lamar, students at Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities, Lamar faculty and staff, area music educators, and Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana musicians from a number of different professions.

“Now that we’ve entered our fifth season, our orchestra has grown in quality and expanded our number of concerts through the year,” said Gilman. “We’re pleased to present the best of our Lamar students combined with the best talent from the community.”

For more information, visit lamar.edu/music or call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144.