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Chamber Orchestra to perform

Barry McNamara
Conductor Carolyn Suda
The Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra will present its annual spring concert on April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

The program will begin with a Baroque work, Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite for strings.

“This work offers both the regal, processional feel of a Baroque overture, combined with the flourish of Don Quixote’s fight with the windmills,” said MC music lecturer Carolyn Suda, who directs the orchestra.

Suda said she is pleased that the Chamber Orchestra will be presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op. 21.

“Pulling off this first great and exciting symphony by Beethoven has been a huge project for our orchestra,” she said. “I have been thrilled with the concentration of the group. The idea of working on Beethoven has created and sustained enormous interest by our string players and winds.”

Joey Mason, a senior music major from Knoxville, will be featured as conductor for Shostakovich’s “beautiful and eerie” Waltz No. 2.

“I am so proud of Joey’s work with the students,” said Suda. “They love him. He brings great spirit to his work with the orchestra. Joey has been invaluable as a bass player with the orchestra for four years, and I am so pleased to give him an opportunity to conduct. He has a great future as an orchestra and band director in the public schools. We will miss Joey Mason at Monmouth College.”