TAMIU Orchestra Hosts Fall Concert Monday, Nov. 22
The Texas A&M International University Orchestra presents its Fall
Concert on Monday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine and
Performing Arts Recital Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
Brendan Townsend, director of the TAMIU Orchestra and assistant professor,
explained the Orchestra consists entirely of TAMIU music students and
is in its second year.
He explained the program includes three works from the Baroque and early
"This is the most suitable repertoire for this fledgling ensemble,"
The program begins with the "Entrance of the Queen of Sheeba"
from the opera "Solomon" by G.F. Handel.
"The orchestra will set the celebratory mood enshrined in this
upbeat work. This is followed by the Second Orchestral Suite of J.S. Bach.
This Suite is in the somber key of B minor, which was a favorite sonority
for Bach for portraying drama and a serious mood. Opening with a wonderful
overture, the rhythmic intensity of which many compare to the haunting
drum-beat of a funeral march, the work concludes with the most famously
recognizable movement, the Badinerie, which some will recognize as a cell
phone ring tone!" said Townsend.
He said the final work on the program is the Symphony No. 27 in A Major
of W.A. Mozart. Townsend explained the piece was composed very quickly
during one of Mozart's highly prolific periods when his life was filled
with joy and riches, and the overall mood of the work is one of upbeat
optimism and joie de vivre.
Townsend said those who wanted more classical music were encouraged
to attend the Sunday, December 12 performance of Handel's "Messiah."
For this performance, the TAMIU Orchestra will join forces with members
of the Laredo Community College Symphony and the Laredo Philharmonic Chorale
under the direction of Dr. Joseph Crabtree. As part of the historic collaborative
agreement between TAMIU and LCC to co-sponsor the Laredo Philharmonic
Orchestra, Townsend is the director of the TAMIU Orchestra and the LCC
Symphony, as well as the LPO.
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