Performance at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre to Include Music by Ravel, Grieg and Grofé

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Featuring music by Maurice Ravel, Edvard Grieg and Ferde Grofé that depicts the people, scenery and moods of Spain, Norway and the Grand Canyon, the SUNY Orange community orchestra will close its 17th season with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 3 at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte” (Pavane for a dead princess) and Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46” will open the evening’s program, while all five movements of Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite” will be performed following intermission.

Ravel’s pavane gives tribute to the culture and heritage of his Basque mother. It is a Spanish court dance which Ravel crafts with subtle, rich and poignant melodies, all uniquely orchestrated with novel combinations of instruments. Grieg’s suite captures the rising sun, the lamenting of a death, a dance and the imagery of a chase scene, all uniquely Norwegian.

Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” his most recognized and programmed work, captures a sunrise, painted desert, sounds of a trail ride on a burro and sunset. It also includes the most pictorial movement of all, “Cloudburst of the Grand Canyon.”

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of students and members of the community.

The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. General admission is $5. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940