Evening Program Will Feature Solo by Clarinetist Allan Plumb; Music by Verdi, Mozart and Tchaikovsky

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Clarinetist Allan Plumb is the featured soloist for the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra’s upcoming May 9 spring concert, set for 8 p.m. at the historic Paramount Theatre in Middletown. He will be performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, K. 6.222.”

In addition to Mozart’s concerto, the evening’s program will include “Overture to La forza del destino” by Giuseppe Verdi and “Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17—“known as the “Little Russian”—by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, under the direction of Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of SUNY Orange students and community members. Admission to the concert is $5.

PHOTO: Allan PlumbPlumb has been a fixture with Hudson Valley musical groups for three decades. He graduated from Barrington College (R.I.) in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and studied with Frank Marinaccio, professor at Barrington College and principal clarinetist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Plumb performed with the U.S. Military Academy Band from 1976 to 1996 and currently plays with the SUNY Orange orchestra, the Morrison Mansion Wind Quintet, and local opera companies that include the Delaware Opera, Hudson Opera Theatre and Taconic Opera.

Verdi’s first version of “La forza del destino” (The Force of Destiny) opened in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 10, 1862. The opera was Verdi’s first “foreign” commission in nearly 25 years. His first version had serious problems and was considered “too bloody” even for an opera. Seven years later, Verdi redesigned it, keeping the curses and deaths intact but with an overall impression that was less depressing. The new version premiered at La Scala on Feb. 20, 1869.

Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” premiered in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on Oct 16, 1791, with clarinetist Anton Stadler playing the basset clarinet. The “Clarinet Concerto” was probably Mozart’s final orchestral music composition and is an example of his finest writing for an instrument. Mozart had originally written this piece for basset clarinet, an instrument that extends the lower register to a C (instead of an E on a Bb clarinet).

“Down by Mother Volga,” “Spin, O My Spinner,” and “The Crane” are three Ukranian folk songs embedded within Tchaikovsky’s “Second Symphony in C minor, Op. 17.” Although Tchaikovsky did not consider himself a Russian nationalist composer, he maintained a love for Russian folk song and Orthodox chant. Well-known musical critic Nikolay Kashkin coined the symphony “Little Russian” as the Ukraine was frequently called “Little Russia” at that time. The Second Symphony pleased everyone except the composer himself, who ultimately remade an entire first movement, and made significant changes to the remaining three movements.

For more information, contact the College’s Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.

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