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Recital Features Poplular Works
By Wagner, Handel, Dvorak

Carol Smith will warm up the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra Thursday evening and turn it over to graduate conductor Melissa Scott for pieces by Ralph Vaughn Williams, George Frideric Handel, Antonin Dvorak and Camille Saint-Saens.

The concert that serves as Scott's graduate recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium. Admission is free.

The program begins with Smith at the podium for Richard Wagner's "Overture to 'Rienzi'." The story of Rienzi, the last of the Roman tribunes, is said to be "flamboyantly melodramatic," with a young Wagner capturing that flavor in his overture.

Scott takes over first for Ralph Vaughn Williams "Rhosymedre" ("Lovely"). One of three preludes on Welsh hymn tunes for organ, it was orchestrated by one of Vaughn Williams' students, Arnold Foster, and is said to be simple and modest and the most popular of the three.

Handel's "Entrance to the Queen of Sheba" is called a miniature masterwork, and will feature oboists Erica Thonsgard and Matt Bunge.

Next is the "Largo" movement from "Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor," also known as his "From the New World" symphony. Born to a family of butchers in Czechoslovakia, Dvorak came to the United States for only three years, but left behind a symphony that he believed, and many agree, captured the spirit of America.

The concert closes with Saint-Saens' "Danse Bacchanale" from the opera "Samson et Dalila," which is said to create a multi-colored musical inferno of satanic nymphs and rambunctious movement.

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March 28, 2001
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