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Chamber Orchestra concert

Barry McNamara
The Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra will present a concert on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Admission is free.

Music lecturer Carolyn Suda, who directs the ensemble, said the concert will open with a piece that is “rousing” and fun for the audience – “Irish Fantasy” by Miriam Overholt. Next will be Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso #8 in G Minor,” which Suda called “a beautiful example of Italian Baroque string orchestra music.” Two MC students will be featured as violin soloists during the piece – sophomore William Grunow of Hawthorn Woods and freshman Lydia Butler of Littleton, Colo.

“Our orchestra will expand to include a full complement of winds for Schubert’s famous ‘Rosamunde Overture,’” said Suda. “This exciting piece is a Romantic tour de force, contrasting Schubert’s exquisite melody with dramatic dynamic and rhythmic intensity.”

The concert will close with three movements from Edvard Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt Suite.’ The Romantic work captures the flavor of Norway, closing with the well-known “Hall of the Mountain King.”

“It is both exciting and challenging for the Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra to tackle these famous orchestral works,” said Suda. “Orchestra members have put in many extra hours of dedication to provide this concert of powerful music.”