MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a “Classic Masters” concert as part of its 2014-2015 season on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown. This will be MSO’s second concert of the season.
According to Carmon DeLeone, who is conducting the concert and is the symphony’s musical director, the all-orchestral, afternoon performance will pay tribute to masters of the classical era. The first part of the program will celebrate with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio Overture,” followed by Mozart Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25 in G Minor.”
“We are coupling these selections with a powerful romantic work by Finland’s national composer, Jean Sibelius. Our January concert will celebrate this composer’s 150th anniversary year with the very popular Symphony No. 2 in D Major, which we will be showcasing during the second half of the concert,” DeLeone said. “This gives us a chance to feature some great music. Every piece on the program is by a well-established composer and that is why we call it ‘Classic Masters.’ “
The term “classical music” really only applies to a very short period of time,” DeLeone said.
“There were legitimately only four composers, who were well known for their quote ‘classical’ style of music – Beethoven, Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert, so that’s why we use the term ‘Classic masters,’ because the program includes Beethoven and Mozart,” he said. “I hope the audience will love the music as much as I do. Although it is chilly outside, it’s a tremendous opportunity to come indoors, close your eyes for a moment and enjoy this wonderful music of the classic masters.”
MSO’s season will continue on Sunday, March 8 with “Sesquicentennial Salutes!” The program will acknowledge another 150th anniversary, recognizing French composer Paul Dukas. The season will close on Sunday, May 3 with a first-time collaboration between MSO and the Middletown Lyric Theatre with “The Trumpet of the Swan,” which is based on the popular children’s novel by E.B. White. Actors will take the stage with a symphonic accompaniment that will tell the moving story. All of MSO’s concerts this season will begin on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
“We have great things coming up. It’s going to be very exciting. We have an incredible season planned and we hope we everyone can be with us,” DeLeone said.
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