Hiram – The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00pm in Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean Street, on the campus of Hiram College. The “American Sampler” program will present an overview of American composers and styles.
Hiram College graduating senior, Meredith Fitschen-Brown, violin, accompanied by Randall Fusco, piano, will perform a Jascha Heifetz transcription of “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by George Gershwin. Randall Fusco, Professor of Music at Hiram College, will also join the orchestra in Prelude and Fuga from Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano Obbligato.
The concert includes the iconic “Hoe Down” from “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland and the famous “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber. Student assistant conductor Taylor Boyle, Kent State, will lead the orchestra in “Presto from String Quartet No.6” by John Christopher Moller, one of America’s first composers.
Community players John Reynolds, violin, Jack Steward, bass, and Frank Vasarhely, drums, will join with Hiram students and perform the orchestra’s arrangement of three Duke Ellington tunes: “Caravan”, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing”.
The Hiram College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tim Staron, has members drawn from the Hiram student body, faculty, community players and talented area high school students. High schools represented over the years include Garfield, Waterloo, Kent, Ravenna, Field, Stow-Monroe Falls, Aurora, and home-schooled students. Players interested in joining the orchestra can contact the Hiram Department of Music at 330-569-5294.