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'Three Italians and a Russian' at USU

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013


October 16, 2013


Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203, whit.schulte@gmail.com

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500, denise.albiston@usu.edu


 LOGAN — A musical evening at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Oct. 25 provides audiences a chance to experience the music of Ottorino Respighi, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Pyotr Tchaikovsky performed by the Utah State University Symphony Orchestra, USU Chamber Singers and University Chorale. Guest conductor Julian Lombana from the Trento Conservatory in Italy will be featured. The evening’s program is titled “Three Italians and a Russian.”

               
Respighi, an Italian composer, introduced various Russian composition techniques and playing techniques and some of the violence of Richard Strauss’s harmonic techniques into Italian music.

               
Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas, including “The Barber of Seville” and “La Cenerentola.” Rossini was nicknamed “The Italian Mozart.”

               
Verdi, an Italian romantic composer, is primarily known for his operas “Rigoletto” and “La Traviata.” He is considered one of the preeminent opera composers of the 19th century.

               
Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer featured in the concert, was the first popular composer to emerge from the Russian musical scene. His work included symphonies, ballets, operas, concertos, chamber music and more.

               
“Three Italians and a Russian” is presented Friday, Oct. 25, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 725 S. 250 East, Hyde Park, Utah, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website (arts.usu.edu).



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