The University and Community Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra at the
University of Missouri-Rolla will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2,
in Leach Theatre of UMR’s Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
Admission is $3 for the general public and free to UMR students with a valid
Prior to the start of the concert, a group of UMR and community tuba players
will perform holiday music in the theater lobby. The group is led by David
Cress, music teacher at St. Pat’s School and a retired Army bandsmen who plays
bass trombone in the orchestra.
The Chamber Orchestra will kick off the concert, performing J.S Bach’s
“Brandenburg Concerto No.2", featuring UMR students Justin Cox on violin,
Rachel Klapper on flute, and David Gorham and Emily Pasch on clarinet. The
group will also play Jack Bullock’s arrangement of the traditional American
folk tune, “Aura Lee".
After a short Intermission, the University and Community Orchestra will
perform the following pieces: “Honor, Laud, and Rejoice", by Jack Bullock;
“An Outdoor Overture", by Aaron Copeland; “Oedipus at Colonus
Overture", by Antonio Sacchini; “Le Tombeau de Couperin", by Maurice
Ravel; and “The Magic Flute Overture", by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“This concert gives us an opportunity to feature a number of student
soloists in the Chamber Orchestra and several of our wind players in the full
orchestra, in particular on the Copland and Ravel pieces", says Dr. Robert
Cesario, assistant professor of arts, languages and philosophy at UMR and
director of UMR’s instrumental music groups. “The repertoire presented here
represents a wide range of orchestral literature stretching across almost 300
years of our music history. The Bach was composed in 1721 and the Bullock in
Listeners will hear a range of timbres, harmonies, and textures, including
the small Baroque style chamber orchestra, a medium sized classical orchestra
and the full bodied contemporary orchestra with ample wind and percussion
parts, Cesario says. “There should be something here to satisfy most orchestra
For more information about the concert, contact the UMR performing arts
office at 573-341-4219.