Stillwater News Press

April 23, 2013

Orchestra to perform free concert on Sunday

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The OSU/Community Orchestra is set to perform in their final concert of the season Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Sheerar Museum Auditorium.

Director of Orchestral Studies at Oklahoma State University said the orchestra has done well in its first year of existence.

“We started this back in the fall and each concert has progressed steadily,” he said. “ It’s actually a very good group right now.”

The orchestra is made up of community members and OSU faculty and staff. Approximately 30 members attend the weekly rehearsals at Salem Lutheran Church. This concert will feature the group’s first full symphony performance.

The group will perform Rhythmic Variations on Two Ancient Hymns by Howard Hanson.

“That is an all-string orchestra piece and Howard Hanson is an American composer who writes lush melodies and that will be a very nice, appropriate opening to the Mozart symphony,” he said.

The orchestra will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, which includes four movements.

“The Hanson would be more serene and choral,” Droste said. “The Mozart will be more lively and energetic.”

The OSU/Community Orchestra is made up of a wide variety of ages.

“Our youngest (players) are probably our college students and we probably have a few members who are well into their 60s,” Droste said.

Droste said they are always eager to add new members.

Those interested do not have to audition, but must have played through high school and can commit to the weekly rehearsals.

Droste said the group is a contributing factor to the ever-growing culture and arts scene in Stillwater.

“This will only contribute to the cultural life and quality of living here in Stillwater and the more we continue to grow and nurture ensembles like this, such as the Stillwater Chamber Singers, the Community Band in the summer time, we’ll only help improve our quality of life here in Stillwater,” he said.

The concert is free and open to the public.