BOONE, N.C.—Morning, noon and night in Boone is the theme for the Sept. 27 performance of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra at Appalachian State University.
The performance begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
Cornelia Laemmli Orth will conduct the orchestra. Will Selle is the assistant conductor. Solo violinist is David Haskins.
The performance opens with Franz von Suppé’s “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” written when he was 24 as part of a humorous play. While the play closed after three performances, the composition remains a popular concert piece.
Will Selle directs “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”
Violinist David Huskins will be featured on Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigan, Rapsodie de Concert for Violin and Orchestra.” The composition was inspired by Ravel’s interest in Hungarian and Gypsy music.
The concert concludes with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92,” one of the composer’s most popular symphonies. It premiered in 1813 in a concert to benefit the soldiers wounded in the battle of Hanau. The second movement, often performed separately from the complete symphony, will be well known to fans of the movie “The King’s Speech.”
About Cornelia Laemmili Orth
Cornelia Laemmili Orth returns to Appalachian to serve as interim music director for the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and the Appalachian State University Opera Program, a position she also held from 2010-12.
Orth is in her ninth season as music director of Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tennessee. She debuted as guest conductor with the Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville during the 2014-15 season and will guest conduct the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York, in March 2016.
Prior to her engagement with Symphony of the Mountains, Orth was music director and conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Choir. She served as associate conductor and later principal guest conductor of the Knoxville Symphony from 2002-08.
In Europe, she was music director of the Operetta Theatre in Moeriken, Switzerland, guest assistant conductor at La Scala in Milano, Italy, worked with the Bohuslav Czech Republic, and conducted many concerts with choirs and ad hoc orchestras with musicians from the Zurich Opera House and the Tonhalle Orchestra.
Orth combines the classical-romantic tradition of old world origins with the unique American flavor that her international background and extensive working experience in her adopted country has provided her. She is a sought-after guest conductor in the U.S. and in Europe.
Orth holds degrees from universities in Switzerland and Northwestern University in Illinois.
About Will Selle
Will Selle is the conductor and orchestra director at Watauga High School and teaches band and orchestra at Hardin Park Middle School. He is a past conductor of the Appalachian Repertory Orchestra.
His public school ensembles have received numerous superior ratings at state performance adjudication. Selle has been a guest conductor and clinician with school and community groups in North Carolina, and has conducted honors orchestra clinics for students in Watauga County, Greensboro and Burlington.
A violinist and horn player, Selle has performed with symphonies across Western North Carolina. He is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where he received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education, and has a master’s degree in music education from Appalachian.
About David Haskins
A North Carolina native, David Haskins has been playing violin since age 11. He is a senior at Appalachian majoring in violin performance. He has performed as soloist with the Wilmington Symphony and the Symphony of the Mountains, and has played with the Universitat de Barcelona Symphony and the Johnson City Symphony. He is one of the winners of the Hayes School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition in 2014-15.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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