DePauw University Orchestra
Orcenith Smith, music director
ArtsFest 2017: “Art & Origins”
Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 3 p.m.
Green Center, 605 S. College Ave.
The featured work on this University Orchestra performance is The City, a new piece by American composer Kevin Puts. Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony and California’s Cabrillo Festival of New Music, it was selected for ArtsFest’s Art and Origins concert after DePauw Orchestra music director Orcenith Smith heard the west coast premiere at the Cabrillo Festival and was instantly inspired to secure the first college performance of the piece at DePauw. The work centers on the historic development of the City of Baltimore with images by videographer James Bartolomeo. “What makes the work so important and so powerful to experience is that it takes on the tone of the city’s recent civil unrest,” says Smith. “As the piece unfolds, the turmoil desperately climaxes into fitful silence, followed by a developing vision of reconciliation.”
Aldolphus Hailstork ~ Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed
Arvo Pärt ~ Summa for String Orchestra
Kevin Puts ~ The City
About the Ensemble
The DePauw University Orchestra focuses on performing standard repertoire, creating a four-year overview that is a cross-section of music including most style periods, regional influences and genres. The orchestra performs concerts – often broadcast live on WGRE-FM and the Internet – and plays for DePauw Opera productions, accompanies student concerto winners, and performs with the University’s choirs, faculty and guest soloists.
General admission: $5
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.