PSU Hosts Hanover Chamber Orchestra September 13

September 4th, 2008 by Adam

Kicking off a partnership that will bring enhanced cultural opportunities to music patrons and PSU students, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra (HCO) will present their first concert as an independent professional ensemble at 8 p.m. September 13 at Plymouth State University.

PSU’s Dan Perkins will direct the orchestra, which is now in residence at PSU—rehearsing and performing at the Silver Center for the Arts.

In addition to his duties as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at PSU, Perkins is principal guest conductor of the Vietnam Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, founding director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and music director of the Manchester Choral Society. This summer he directed the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus in their tour of the Southern Adriatic.

“As the only public university in the northern part of the state of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University plays an important role as a provider of cultural opportunities to this region,” Perkins said.

The new collaboration between HCO and the PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will expose students to orchestral literature and increase their interaction with working professional musicians, according to Perkins. “The orchestra will be providing a much-needed component of study for these students, many of whom will go on to be music teachers in the New Hampshire schools,” he said.

“We are excited and proud of our relationship with the Hanover Chamber Orchestra,” said department chair Jonathan Santore. “The creation of opportunities for such broadening of student experience is one of the desired outcomes of Dan Perkins’ appointment as Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor of Music at PSU,” Santore said.

Perkins describes the music selected for this inaugural season as “breathtaking” — music mostly for strings, that will be new to many patrons. Included on the program are Mozart’s Divertimento K.247 in F major; Rautavaara’s Divertimento for Strings (1953); Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1984) and Sibleius’ Romance Opus 42 C major.

The orchestra will also perform at the Lebanon Opera House at 7 p.m. September 14.

The Hanover Chamber Orchestra includes a core of 23 musicians which will be added to on a performance-by-performance basis. The 2008-2009 season represents a major departure and a significant expansion in the organization’s purpose and mission, which will also include outreach to schools and efforts through the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire to provide concerts in underserved areas of Northern New Hampshire.

Tickets for the September 13 concert in the Hanaway Theatre are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or online at silver.plymouth.edu. Tickets are $20-16 for adults; $18-14 for seniors; $15-11 for youth and $5 for PSU students with I.D. Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information about this release contact Betsy Cheney at betsyc@plymouth.edu.

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