Performance at Middletown’s Paramount Theater to Feature Music from Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg, Mendelssohn

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will showcase the music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Edvard Grieg and Felix Mendelssohn during its upcoming concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Paramount Theater.

Celebrating its 10th year as a community ensemble, the orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore. Comprised of SUNY Orange students as well as community members from throughout Orange County, the orchestra continues its association with Middletown’s historic downtown theater. The orchestra will perform Rimsky-Kosakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34,” Grieg’s “From Holberg’s Time: Suite in Olden Style, Op. 40,” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3 in A (“Scottish”), Op. 56.”

PHOTO: Allan Plumb Rimsky-Korsakov became famous for his imaginative blend of orchestral sounds, so much so, that he earned a reputation of being a "wizard of orchestration." His "Capriccio Espagnol," a Spanish-accented "tour de force" showcases the many colors and talents in the orchestra. Two of his most famous musical pieces come from his operas “Song of India” from “Sadko” and “The Flight of the Bumblebee” from “Tsar Saltan.”

Grieg wrote his “Holberg Suite” to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish-Norwegian playwright Ludvig Holberg. The piece, which includes five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms, is an example of 19th Century music that utilizes musical styles and forms from the preceding century. Though originally composed for the piano, the version most well known today is the arrangement by the composer for string orchestra.

Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3” was written to capture his memories from a trip to Scotland in 1829. He worked intermittently on the piece until completing it in 1842. This symphony reflects his memories of the sights and sounds of Scotland, the spirit of Scottish folk tunes and his visual impressions of the Scottish people and countryside. The symphony is dedicated to Queen Victoria.

General admission to the concert is $5. For additional information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.

Shown in Photo: Clarinetist Allan Plumb, who will perform solos in both the Rimsky-Korsakov and Mendelssohn pieces.


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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940