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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 30, 2012

Northwest orchestra to present ‘Midwinter’s Serenade’ Feb. 7

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra presents "A Midwinter's Serenade" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Charles Johnson Theater in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes “Midnight Beguine” by Clare Grundman; “The Girl With The Flaxen Hair” by Claude Debussy; Franz Joseph Haydn's “Divertimento in C (Hoboken XIV:3) for Klavier and Strings,” featuring Sabrina Olson on piano; “Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2” by Georges Enesco; and “Radetzky March, Op. 228” by Johann Strauss Sr.

Olson, a sixth grader at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School, started playing the piano in preschool and competes regularly at the Missouri Music Teachers Association state piano competition. She also studies music theory and has won the association's state music theory competition each of the last three years. In addition to piano, Olson studies violin and singing. Olson is the daughter of Dr. Anthony Olson, associate professor of piano and organ at Northwest, and Eva Peng.

“Our February concert is a new year's greeting, valentine and midwinter's serenade rolled into one,” Conductor Monty Carter said. “It's a cozy assortment of classical, romantic, impressionistic and modern dance delights. Our young piano soloist brings zest and sparkle to the ‘C Major Divertimento’ that would please Haydn himself. You'll be warmed by the sound of our principal flutist, Christine Chesney, featured in the dreamy Debussy selection, ‘Girl with the Flaxen Hair,’ and you'll be taken with the orchestra's Romantic fervor and playfulness in Enesco's ‘Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2.’”

The Symphony Orchestra is the newest of Northwest’s large ensembles. The chamber orchestra is open to all students on campus, regardless of major. Musical selections range from the Baroque to the Modern periods, with a varied mixture of styles. Frequent guest artists include conductors, soloists and featured ensembles.

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra is led by Monty Carter, adjunct professor of strings and orchestra. Carter, a professional violinist and violist, lives in Kansas City with his wife, cellist Trilla Ray-Carter.

For more information contact the Department of Music at 660.562.1326.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468