March 30, 2011

Reaching Out With Music

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra has many interests.  Educating the public is a very high priority.  Every year the MSO has a Young Peoples Concert for all the 4th and 5th grade students from the local city and county schools. More about that in another post!
Everyone is invited to attend this free concert. If you are free April 19th at 9:30 am, and would like to come listen, call the MSO office to reserve seats:  765-285-5531  

Music on the Move is another outreach program the MSO offers to the community.  Quartets or quintets visit by request and present cirruculum-based, interactive short concerts to students. Thus far this year, the Graduate String Quartet has 19 scheduled performances.  You might be surprised to learn requests also come from outside traditional educational institutions.  The youngest audience was ages 3-6, and the oldest audience was 60 - 90 years old. 

The theme this season is History of the Dance.

Graduate String Quartet
L-R: Yulia Zhuravleva, violin; Lipeng Chen, violin;
Eun Hey Park, cello, David Blakley, viola (filling in)

I thought you may enjoy these pictures from the Graduate String Quartet's presentation at 
the Alpha Center, an adult day care facility in Muncie.  
                            Alpha Center audience

Yulia is talking about the piece the GSQ is about to play.

A happy tune!  


The musicians enjoy performing as well as interacting with the audience.

Explaining how the Tango developed.

Eun Hey laughing about the explanation.
Enjoying the music

Lipeng listening to an explanation.

Looking over the violist's shoulder.
Eun Hey

Eun Hey playing cello.

Playing 2nd violin today.
Lipeng introducing herself to the ladies.

David is filling in for the violist.
He is the principal violinist of the 2nd violin section in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

GSQ at play

Alpha Center Ladies

Fingers Flying

Enjoying music

Intently listening. No she is not asleep. :-)

 Yulie is playing 1st violin today.

Music on the Move is scheduled through the MSO office and is available during the school year.
If you are interested in a visit call 765-285-5531.
Thank you for dropping by!

March 15, 2011

Talent of the Ages

Season Ticket holders discovered tickets to two additional performances in their packet this year for the first time: Young Peoples Concert (Rescheduled for April 19) and the MSO Young Artist Competition. Those who took advantage of Young Artist Competition had the pleasure of hearing very talented and dedicated young people compete on January 15, 2011.

Young musicians competed in two divisions: junior (middle school students) and senior (high school students).  They came from all over the State of Indiana and performed on piano, cello, violin, flute, marimba, or clarinet. All the students received  a Certificate of Participation.

Junior Division Winner ~ Oliver Shou

Oliver Shou, 14, is in the 8th grade in Carmel Middle School. He was born in Huston, Texas and has three brothers, Arthur (who won the senior division 2010), Edward and Phillip.  Oliver loved listening to classical music as a baby and began studying piano at the age of five with Dr. Keli Xu.  Over the hears, he has worked hard to prepare himself for a future music career.  His passion for music and piano has grown fast in the last two years.  Beginning 2007 he attends Piano Academy, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University as a student of Dr. Karen Taylor.  He was the winner of the Hoosier Auditions at district and state levels (IMTA Piano Competition, Middle School level) in 2010.  Recently, he won honorable mention in Murray State University/Paducah Symphony Orchestra piano concerto competition.  In the past, Oliver competed in the Early Elementary and Elementary levels in the IMTA Piano Competition, Indiana State Fair Piano Competition, and the Wold Piano competition in Cincinnati, and won various awards.  Throughout the years he has performed various recitals, including at Wabash College, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Fair, and Conner Prairie.  In addition to playing piano, Oliver also studies viola with Mrs. Kathy Hershberger and is a principal violist in the Carmel Middle School Symphony Orchestra.  In his free time, Oliver is passionate about Lego blocks.  He enjoys building castles, ships, cars, robots, and helicopters.  He likes to hang out with his brothers and play basketball, football, and swim.  He wishes to become a musician and an engineer.

Oliver Shou will be performing on the program of the Young People's Concert on April 19th, 2011. The concert is in Emens Auditorium at 9:30 a.m.  Please call the MSO office (765-285-5531) to reserve a seat.

Senior Division Winner ~ Louisa Steup

Louisa Steup, 15,  lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.  At the age of three, she began playing piano and currently studies with Luke Norell at Indiana University in Bloomington.  She is won the St. Clout Symphony Concerto Competition (MN) in 2008 and the Young Artist Piano Camp Chamber Music Competition in 2009.  She also was a performer at the YAPC Honors recital in 2009 and 2010.  Also in 2010 Louisa was a finalist in the YAPC Concerto Competition.  She was a finalist at the Schubert Club Competition (MN) in 2008 and 2010.  Louisa was the winner of the Indiana tate MTNA competition in November 2009.  She was runner-up at the Division Competition, held in Wisconsin, in 2010.  Louisa enjoys fencing and drawing in her spare time.   Louisa will perform at a future date. The MSO facebook Events  page will be updated as soon as the performance is scheduled.

The Young Artist Competition is an annual January event. If you are interested in competing, please call the MSO office at 765-285-5531 for more information.

March 8, 2011

Make Time for ~ Time for Three with MSO

L-R:  Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin 
         Zachary (Zach)  DePue, violin 
     Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Saturday March 19, 2011 a talented, engaging, unexpected, young trio, Time for Three, 
will entertain the Muncie Symphony Orchestra audience at Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

I heard this talented trio at Symphony on the Prairie last summer.  
Believe me, miss it at your peril. You will be kicking yourself!  
More about tf3 on their website.

Muncie Symphony Orchestra 
Concert Program
March 19, 2011

Concerto for Orchestra                                    Bela Bartok
                      I.      Introduzione
                      II.     Giuoco Delle Coppie
                      III.    Elegia
                      IV.    Intermezzo Interrotto
                      V.     Finale


Shenandoah/Foxdown                                  Ranaan Meyer
                                                                      orch. John B. Hedges

Roaring Smokies from Concerto 4-3            Jennifer Higdon

American Suite: 
                Wyoming 307 / Forget About It      Ranaan Meyer / arr. S. Hackman/Brohn
                Hymn                                              arr. Time for Three / orch. John B. Hedges
                Orange Blossom Special                 Charlie Rouse / arr. Time for Three /  orch. Peter Nero

Preview of Pieces

 Bartok - Symphony for Orchestra  I. Introduzione

                   Wyoming 307 / Forget About It

                Orange Blossom Special

March 4, 2011


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