Coe Symphony Orchestra concert to feature three premieres in celebration of Germanic music

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2009-04-02 11:01:48 - General

The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Dangerfield, will present three premiere works written by Iowa composers as part of its spring concert on Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert will feature guest Viennese violinist Wolfgang Dávid and is a celebration of Germanic music. It is free and open to the public.

The new works include "Crux Orthodoxa" by Dangerfield, "Shifting Thunder" by Christopher Gainey, and "Ikon II" by David Gompper. Dávid will perform as soloist on both the Dangerfield and Gompper compositions. In addition, "Symphony #6" by Josef Haydn will be performed, featuring Coe students Allison Brown, Ashley Schnell and Shayla James as concertino soloists.

This concert is in preparation for the Coe Orchestra's European tour in June as one of 10 orchestras participating in the "Celebrate Haydn Orchestra Festival." The event commemorates the life and music of Haydn on the 200th anniversary of his passing. The Coe musicians will travel to Austria to perform in the famed Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, where Haydn was employed. In addition, the orchestra will perform in the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Recital of Germanic Music
On Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall, violinist Wolfgang Dávid will be accompanied by David Gompper in a recital of Germanic music. The program includes sonatas by Mozart and Brahms in addition to Korngold's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Carmen Fantasy" by Sarsate.

This weekend of programs has been made possible through the generous support provided by the Julie Ritter Streib Fund. Established in 2007, the fund's purpose is to encourage German cultural enrichment at Coe College among students, faculty and the community.

For more information contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.

Wolfgang Dávid
Violinist Wolfgang Dávid has become ensconced on the international stage, both as a recitalist, and as a guest soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, including a performance of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. Dávid's growing reputation is marked in reviews by the likes of Thomas Frost, senior executive producer at Sony Classical, who foresees for him "a significant international concert and recording career." The Washington Post says Dávid has "scaled the heights of music making."

Dávid concertizes widely in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa. He has been the winner of many competitions and prizes, including the University of Vienna's "Foundation Stefanie Hohl" award, top prize in the Kulenkampff International Competition (Cologne), and the International Music Competition (Pretoria, South Africa).

The musician performs on a violin built in 1731 by Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, Cremona, on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.