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Symphony Orchestra to Present Concert Monday in Pangle

Lee University’s Symphony Orchestra will present its fall concert on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall.

Robert Bernhardt, artist-in-residence, will conduct the program, while faculty guests Steve Benne, bass, and Theodore Kartal, cello, will perform with the orchestra.

“The opportunity to work with my wonderful colleagues as soloists is a delight, and I’m happy they will be front and center in two wonderfully-atmospheric works with the orchestra,” said Bernhardt.

The concert will include music composed by Max Bruch, Antonin Dvorak, and Richard Wagner.

A special feature of the program will be a performance of “Kol Nidre” (“All Vows”), composed by Bruch and written for cello and orchestra on a commission by the Jewish community of Liverpool, England, in 1880. Benne will perform this piece in a transcription for string bass. The Kol Nidre is an Aramaic declaration recited at the beginning of Yom Kippur services. Bruch patterned the solo line after the traditional cantorial version.

Kartal will perform Dvorak’s beautifully nostalgic and lyrical “Waldesruhe” (“Silent Woods”), originally written for piano four-hands, and later transcribed by the composer for cello and orchestra.

The concert will open with Richard Wagner’s “Overture to Die Meistersinger” and will conclude with Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.” According to Bernhardt, the symphony is a richly melodic, Bohemian folk music-influenced work filled with optimism and beauty, which was composed in 1890. It is one of Dvorak’s most famous and popular works.

Bernhardt joined Lee’s faculty in the spring of 2011. Bernhardt also serves as Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (CSO), and Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra and Grand Rapids Symphony. He was formerly the music director and conductor for 19 seasons with the CSO, and he is the first to hold the title Emeritus. He is also a frequent guest conductor for the Boston Pops and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Benne is a principal double bassist with the Knoxville Symphony and also teaches bass at Lee. He has performed internationally at the Grec Festival, the Korsholm Music Festival, the Priory of Chirens Chamber Music Festival, and the Uppsala Festival.

Kartal joined Lee’s faculty in 2011 as a cello instructor. He currently performs in the Knoxville Symphony and has previously performed with the Shreveport and South Arkansas symphonies.

The Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of select instrumentalists, which performs one major concert each semester. Its musicians frequently participate in opera, choral, and other concerts on campus.

The concert is a free, non-ticketed event, and is open to the public.

For more information, call (423) 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.
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