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Big and Bigger! From Land, Sea and Space features four monumental works at Nazareth College Saturday, April 22

Published March 13, 2017

The Nazareth College Music Department's Symphony Orchestra (Nancy Strelau, conductor) will present Big and Bigger! From Land, Sea and Space—its final concert of the season—on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the College’s Linehan Chapel. This performance is free and open to the public

The concert will open with And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness, widely considered to be one of the composer's favorite works. The piece depicts the transformation of chaos to beauty through the creation of earth, oceans, and whales.

The second piece of the afternoon will be Antonio Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto, featuring Mariah Bondy (M.M. candidate) and Katrya Cichanowicz (M.S. candidate). Listeners will enjoy the double concerto’s tone color and minor key, which help to portray the work’s relatively somber sound. The two cellos assert their presence at the opening Allegro—which features an attractive interlude into a major mode—then converse with each other through harmonization, call and response, and canonic imitation.

The third piece on the program is the Star Wars Epic by John Williams, highlighting instrumental intensity from “Across the Stars,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “Princess Leia’s Theme,” “Imperial March,” and the Star Wars theme.

The concert will conclude with the suspenseful 1812 Overture by P.I. Tschaikovsky, featuring great dynamic contrast, impactful instrumentation, and dramatic percussive sections. This piece commemorates Russia’s defense of its motherland against Napoleon’s invasion of Grande Armee in 1812.

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Mare Millow | Marketing & Publicity Manager | Nazareth College Arts Center | | 585-389-2093

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.