(Posted November 14, 2016)

The Juniata College Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.
The Juniata College Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Orchestra will present selections from Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonio Vivaldi at its fall concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

            Tickets for the concert are $5 and free for anyone under age 18 or Juniata students with valid and current ID. The director of the orchestra is Rebekah O’Brien, a lecturer in music at Juniata.

            The concert opens with Beethoven’s “Contradances,” (VII through XII). Contradances are folk dances using the musical traditions of the composer’s home country. Beethoven’s works also are known as “12 German Dances.”

            Contradances are defined as comprised of couples in long lines performing intricate dances. Beethoven, who lived from 1770 to 1827, composed the dances for orchestra, but he often played them as a piano soloist.

            The next selection will be “Concerto in C Major for Flautino, Op. 44,” by Antonio Vivaldi. Vivaldi, a Baroque composer best known for his violin concerts “The Four Season,” composed several concertos for flute and piccolo. Phoebe Harnish, a junior from Christiana, Pa. and winner of the Juniata College Concerto Competition, will be featured on piccolo for the Vivaldi selection.

            The Orchestra’s fall concert will close with “St. Paul’s Suite,” by Gustav Holst. Holst, a British composer, best known for his composition “The Planets,” wrote “St. Paul’s Suite” in 1912. He named the composition after St. Paul’s Girl’s School in London, where Holst worked as a music teacher. The piece has four movements and is the most popular of the many compositions Holst wrote for the St. Paul’s orchestra.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.