“Symphonies of Movement and Color: Scriabin’s Prometheus,” is part of a yearlong series of events at the Caine College of the Arts called “Enchanted Modernities.” The Utah State University concert and light show is Nov. 23 at the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus.
The concert features British composer Gustav Holst’s Hymn of Jesus and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s Prometheus Poem of Fire. The performance features the USU Symphony Orchestra, USU Chamber Singers and USU Chorale.
“‘Prometheus’ will be accompanied by spectacular colored lighting effects that the composer specified in his musical score, despite the fact that when the work was premiered in 1905 such effects were impossible to achieve,” said Christopher Scheer, assistant professor of music at USU.
Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic, will conduct the concert and is in residence at USU for the week. Anna Gawboy, assistant professor of music theory at The Ohio State University, will also be in residence. She will speak during the concert to place the Scribin piece in context before it is played.
“Dr. Gawboy’s scholarly work on ‘Prometheus’ led to the realization of the lighting effects the audience will experience at the concert,” said Scheer. “The effect is astounding.”
Marco Pasi, associate professor in history of hermetic philosophy at the University of Amerstam, will also be in residence at USU. Pasi is a network member of a Leverhulme Grant that partially funds the “Enchanted Modernities” series.
“In addition to these guests, I will also speak at the concert, contextualizing the Holst piece before it is performed,” said Scheer. “This has been the focus of much of my scholarly work.”
Tickets for the event are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youth, $5 faculty and staff and free for USU students with valid ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.
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