Symphonic Orchestra plays successful Fall Music Series show

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Photo by Sandro Perrino A group of cello players performing in Tuesday’s concert

Photo by Sandro Perrino Lindenwood's Symphonic Orchestra performs on the second night of this year's Fall Music Series
Photo by Sandro Perrino
Lindenwood’s Symphonic Orchestra performs on the second night of this year’s Fall Music Series

Jazmin del Angel | Reporter
November 16, 2015; 2:00 p.m.

This year’s Fall Music Series took place in at the Lindenwood Theater in the J. Scheidegger Center, presenting nightly performances during the week of Nov. 9-13. On the second night, the Department of Music presented the Lindenwood University Symphonic Orchestra under the conduction of Ryan Curtis.

Photo by Sandro Perrino Ryan Curtis addresses the Scheidegger audience before the orchestra performs
Photo by Sandro Perrino
Ryan Curtis addresses the Scheidegger audience before the orchestra performs

“This is my first time as director of the symphonic orchestra,” Curtis said. “It feels great to have this new experience, since I usually have symphonic band.”

He had been working with Lindenwood’s symphonic band for over five years before taking over the symphonic orchestra last year.

The orchestra is made up of talented students who have dedicated a long time to music. Such is the case of junior Robert Klein, who is majoring in Music Education who has played the tuba for seven years. Tuesday’s concert was his second concert at Lindenwood and his first time performing as a part of the orchestra.

Practice for the Fall Music Series concerts takes time and engagement to overcome the challenges that might come.

Photo by Sandro Perrino Connor Stinehart plays bass in the orchestra
Photo by Sandro Perrino
Connor Stinehart plays bass in the orchestra

“This concert took us a bit more time, because there were less people participating,” Klein said. “We have class twice a week but we also have individual sections out of class times. In average, practice took us thours per week.”

Connor Stinehart, a junior studying Music Performance, played bass during the performance.

“My hands get sore sometimes,” he said about. “My favorite song was the Corelli’s Concerto, because we are capable of playing the music of great composers and I wish we could have played more of it.”

According to Stinehart, there were also several differences between these concerts and previous shows.

“There’s less production,” he said. “For instance, during last year’s Christmas concert we had people doing lights and taking videos. This one was bare-bones, more minimalistic.”

The audience applauded Curtis and the orhcestra.

“I thought it was really good and I think my favorite song is ‘Lyric Metal’ because that’s my favorite piece to play,” said Jennifer Johns, who used to play violin in high school.

Connor Brueggeman said, “My favorite song was ‘Vanishing Point’, because it was modern.”

Photo by Sandro Perrino A group of cello players performing in Tuesday's concert
Photo by Sandro Perrino
A group of cello players performing in Tuesday’s concert