MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Symphony, under the direction of Benjamin Locke, will present its first concert of the season on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the R. R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus. The Symphony is celebrating its 50th year of continuous operation.
The concert will commence with a performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, a tone poem based upon a legend surrounding Mt. Triglav near Kiev. It represents the progression of a witches’ sabbath on St. John’s night, yet the revelry is ultimately dispersed by the sound of a church bell in the distance. This piece was featured in Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
Jeremy E. Smith, trombonist, will be the featured soloist in Chris Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra. As the name Brubeck implies, the composition is in jazz style and has three titled movements: Movement One – Paradise Utopia; Movement Two – Sorrow Floats; and Movement Three: James Brown in the Twilight Zone.
Mr. Smith is the Low Brass Instructor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College. He is a trombonist with the Knox County Symphony, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and the New Albany Orchestra. He holds a masters degree in performance from Carnegie Mellon University and has a private teaching career that has drawn students from across the United States. He is also director of the MVNU Pep Band.
The concert will conclude with Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, also popularly known as the New World Symphony. Dvorak, a Czech composer, wrote this piece while serving as head of the National Conservatory of Music of America in the late nineteenth century, a position that he only held for three years. During his time in America he became acquainted with the music of African-Americans and Native Americans, and he openly avowed his indebtedness to these styles in the creation of his own melodies.
The orchestra is directed by Benjamin Locke, now in his thirty-second year of conducting the ensemble. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.