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Thursday Oct. 1st at 7:30 PM, world renowned string quartet, Amernet, and the WVU Orchestra will follow the direction of Mitchell Arnold on stage at the Lyell B. Clay Theater in Morgantown. The concert is free to all WVU students who have a student ID to give exposure to all the students and faculty have to offer at the School of Music.
The WVU Orchestra will join forces with the Amernet to perform Bohuslav Martinů’s Concerto for String Quartet. This concert will mark the end of the quartet’s week-long residency at WVU. Arnold says the piece has a “double dynamic” where the string quartet and orchestra work as separate groups and as one complete group.
The orchestra will also be performing Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9: From the New World — a classic piece with possible influences of American music and literature. Arnold says it doesn’t matter what the inspiration is behind the music as the music is such a powerful statement by itself.
Arnold and the WVU Orchestra will open the concert with Zhou Long’s The Rhyme of Taigu a piece that uses the ceremonial drumming of the Tang Dynasty. The Chinese Dagu or Large Drum makes an appearce in this piece as does an array of standard percussion instruments.
For concert tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at (304) 293-SHOW.