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Lawrence Symphony Orchestra – Sunday, November 17, 2013, 8p.m.

Octavio Más-Arocas, conductor
Guest artists:
     Matt Turner, cello
     Rebecca Salzer, dance
     Susannah Gilbert and Eryn Wecker, writers

Nic Bizub '16 (b. 1992)
Jagged Jest
     Fanfare for Brass
     World Premiere, LSO Fanfare Project

Charles Ives (1874-1954)
The Unanswered Question
Susannah Gilbert and Eryn Wecker, writers
Edward Li, assistant conductor

Matt Turner (b. 1966)
Improvisation (Maqam Hijaz)
Matt Turner, cello
Rebecca Salzer, dance

Students were introduced by ear to the Arabic mode called maqam Hijaz and were encouraged to improvise using the pitches in that mode.  We used a form called taqsim, which is an improvisation over a drone.  Members of the orchestra created the riffs (short musical ideas), basslines, melodies, textures and rhythmic grooves. Each riff or texture is represented by a hand gesture.  The conductor then uses “conduction” with these hand gestures to create the piece and guide the musicians as the piece unfolds.  – Matt Turner

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Second Essay for Orchestra

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
     Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato – Lively

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