The IUP Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Martynuik and produced by the Department of Music, will open its final concert of the semester with Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra. The concert will be performed on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, starting at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
Written in 2000 on commission for a consortium of orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony, the concerto is a high-powered work that will feature IUP students Brett Landry and Ethan Markowski on timpani.
The featured soloist for the evening will be pianist Anastasia Antonacos performing Edvard Grieg’s monumental Piano Concerto in A Minor. Arguably Grieg’s most famous and most often performed work, the concerto is filled with lyric romanticism and Norwegian folk-song flavor.
Antonacos, a member of the IUP Music faculty, has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. Antonacos won first place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria and holds prizes from the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition.
Concluding the program, the orchestra will be joined by the IUP Chorale and University Chorus and vocal soloists Mary Logan Hastings and Joseph Baunoch. Together, they will perform Ralph Vaughn Williams’ epic cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem. Written during the mid-1930s as Europe teetered on the edge of a second world war, Vaughn Williams’ work is based on texts from Walt Whitman, John Bright, and the Bible.
With over 150 musicians performing the work and due to the extensive personnel demands of, it is rarely heard in performance.
Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building on campus. Tickets will also be sold at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. the night of the concert. Tickets are $7.00 regular admission, $6.00 for senior citizens, and $4 for students and children.