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The largest composition on this program is jazz legend Duke Ellington’s orchestral masterpiece The River, which he completed in collaboration with orchestrator Ron Collier. The full composition was commissioned by the American Ballet Theater, and so tonight’s program features the standard “Suite” of musical selections extracted from that ballet. Beginning as a delicate Spring, this Suite includes seven watery miniatures such as Meander, Giggling Rapids, Lake, and Vortex. The contrasts in energy and color are striking! Ellington’s ballet originally debuted in 1970 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Alongside Ellington’s geographical and stylistic journey, the AUSO will present two other musical journeys. The first will be a journey of faith and courage represented in George Frideric Handel’s introductory music for the Biblical story of Esther. For our other musical journey, Department of Music graduate student Nehemias Calsin will lead the orchestra in music composed for The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy
Berrien Springs , Michigan
Howard Performing Arts Center, Department of Music, Symphony Orchestra, Fall
Andrews University, "AUSO Thanksgiving Concert" (2021). Concerts and Event Programs 2021-2022. 12.