Paramount Theatre Performance to Feature French Romantic Music

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will highlight French Romantic music from the late 19th Century when it holds its upcoming concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre, 17 South Street.

The evening’s program will include performances of Emmanuel Chabrier’s “Joyeuse Marche,” Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane pur une infante défunte,” Georges Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 1” and César Frank’s “Symphony in D Minor.” Admission is $5.

Chabrier’s music captures the wit and sophistication of the Paris scene of the 1880s. He is remembered most for his dazzling, harmonic colors, choosing to combine orchestral instruments in novel combinations, and his sense of humor. Meanwhile, Ravel considered himself a classicist because he relied on traditional forms and structures while presenting new and innovative harmonies. His music was known for its subtlety, richness, and poignancy of his melodies with instrumental textures and effects.

Bizet was renowned among musicians for his eloquent music that captured the essence of Provence and its people. His “Suite No. 1” successfully debuted in 1872. Franck’s “Symphony in D Minor” is considered to have reinvigorated the French Symphonic tradition after years of decline. It also influenced younger generations of French composers.

The SUNY Orange Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark-Moore, is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. For more information, call (845) 341-4787.

The Paramount Theatre is universally accessible.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940