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Matthew Kraemer ConductorCorey Cook LifeThruMusic DirectorDr. Charles Mock SpeakerJonathan Baker SingerJames Dixon DancerMcCludia Nolley Choir DirectorMLK ChoirRev. Darrell Cook HostBrianna Woods SpeakerZakary Westfall SpeakerLauren Loop SpeakerChase Miles SpeakerMegan Hamm SpeakerMike Haas SpeakerCassie Bielecki Speaker
Adolphus Hailstork Fanfare on Amazing GraceGershwin Porgy and BessPeter Boyer Ellis Island
This decidedly new approach for this revered concert offers something for everyone as we look to tell the most powerful of all stories; the triumph of the human spirit. The first half of our program will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through both music and words, while the second half celebrates the triumph of the human spirit with a captivating presentation of the masterpiece Ellis Island. An unforgettable musical and cinematic experience.
Matthew Kraemer Conductor
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, op.55, E-flat Major (Eroica)
Napoleon vs. Beethoven. Few relationships within the history of classical music offer such a powerful narrative on a geopolitical scale; the story of Beethoven feverishly crossing out the symphony’s original title has long since passed into legend. With this groundbreaking concert, Maestro Kraemer takes you inside the story behind Beethoven’s masterpiece, offering a full multimedia experience that will captivate audiences of all ages!
Matthew Kraemer ConductorStephanie Havey Artistic DirectorJames Flora TaminoGail Novak First LadyKatie Drago Second LadyOlga Flora Third LadyJohn Dooley PapagenoNatalie Polito Queen of the NightJoseph Gaines MonostatosShannon Dooley PaminaMarc Webster SarastroKate Amatuzzo PapagenaRobert Frankenberry First Armored ManBrian Kontes Second Armored Man, Sprecher
Additional roles will be cast locally in winter 2015.
Mozart Die ZauberFlote, K. 620 (The Magic Flute)
The ECO is once again delighted to make history with our first presentation of a concert opera – The Magic Flute. A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s delightful masterpiece transports us into an enchanted world where good faces off against the forces of darkness; the perfect blend of high comedy and serious drama. Maestro Kraemer and the ECO hope you will join us for this memorable night at the opera!
Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick Piano
Slippery Rock University Concert Choir
Stephen Barr Director of Choirs
Wolf Scherzo and FinaleBeethoven Fantasia, Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, op. 80Schumann Symphony No. 4, op. 120, d minor
Nationally recognized piano soloist, lecturer and neuroscience enthusiast Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick collaborates with the ECO, the Barber National Institute and the Slippery Rock University Concert Choir for a one-of-a-kind concert. In residency for over a week during Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Summa-Chadwick will present lectures and recitals across the city focusing on her scholarly work in the field of Music Therapy and Technology. Our Friday evening concert features Dr. Summa-Chadwick and the triumphant return of the Slippery Rock University Concert Choir, highlighting the works of composers with mental afflictions; Wolf, Beethoven and Schumann. A powerful, community-wide festival for audiences of all ages.
Bonita Boyd Flute
Beethoven Egmont: OvertureMelinda Wagner Concerto for flute, strings and percussionKodaly Dances of Marosszek (Marosszeki tancok)Dvorak Czech Suite, op. 398, D major (Ceska suita)
Our 37th season concludes with a lively, exciting concert featuring four eclectic pieces spanning the musical timeline. Bonita Boyd, professor at the Eastman School of Music and one of the most respected flautists in the world, presents our third concerto of the season from living, American composers; Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for flute, strings and percussion. Rounding out the concert, as well as this unforgettable season, are selections from Beethoven, Kodaly and Dvorak.