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A century later, 'Titanic' music part of MC concert

04/10/2012
While some history buffs might choose to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by watching James Cameron’s movie or a related documentary, Monmouth College is offering a musical alternative.

On April 15, 100 years to the day of the tragic event, the Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra will perform selections from James Horner’s film score for “Titanic” at the conclusion of its annual spring concert. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Under the direction of Carolyn Suda, the Chamber Orchestra will open with Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul Suite,” which Suda called “a fresh, spring-like work for string orchestra filled with English folk tunes.” Liz Keturi, a senior music major from Chillicothe, will be featured as piano soloist in a performance of the first movement of Mozart’s “dramatic and dark” Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466. The culminating masterpiece of the concert will be the famous first movement of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, “Unfinished.”

“’Unfinished’ is a huge and exciting challenge for the Chamber Orchestra,” said Suda. “However, part of a deep musical education for our majors is to touch and live with some of the great masterpieces of symphonic literature. I also hope the community will enjoy hearing Schubert’s lyrical and dramatic work brought to life.”