The Trinity Symphony Orchestra will fill the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall with their fall concert, â€œTableaux, an Evening of French Music,â€ this Halloween. Selections include the music of Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel with vocal collaborations and string solos. Besides getting the chance to see Trinity friends perform live on stage, the orchestra provides beautifully executed classical music from the comfort of our own campus concert hall.
No one is more excited than the musicians themselves. Allison Hill, a junior neuroscience major and cellist, believes thereâ€™s something very special about this performance.
â€œIt features the finalist from last semesterâ€™s Concerto Competition, Natalie Rochen. Sheâ€™s performing this beautiful piece for harp and orchestra â€” Debussyâ€™s â€˜Danse SacrÃ©e et Danse Profane.â€™ Itâ€™s not very often you get to see a harp front and center, and her performance is absolutely dazzling,â€ Hill said.
â€œThe piece Iâ€™m most excited to play is the Berceuse and Finale from Stravinskyâ€™s â€˜Firebird Suiteâ€™ because itâ€™s so high-energy and it has a lot of fun sound effects, like false harmonics that result in a really surreal sound,â€ Hill said.
David Clark, a sophomore mathematics and French double major and bassoonist, is equally fond of the French selections and the feelings he gets while on stage.
â€œItâ€™s a close tie between Debussyâ€™s â€˜Festivals from Nocturnesâ€™ and Ravelâ€™s â€˜Mother Goose Suite,â€™â€ Clark said. â€œI have always found that there is an unparalleled elation in musical performance. Nothing can compare to the profound satisfaction that fills me when everything locks in just right among the members of the orchestra.â€
Hill has her own favorite moment in the performance.
â€œThe best part about performing is that instant right after the final chord of a piece where the sound has just enough time to fill the hall before the audience reacts,â€ Hill said.
If youâ€™re looking to do something outside of the norm Halloween night, keep the Trinity Symphony Orchestra in mind. Besides a calmer night, audience members will be treated to the start of a robust lineup of Trinity talent.
â€œIn general, our concerts feature a variety of repertoire and collaboration with other musicians within the music department, so everyoneâ€™s bound to experience something at our performances that will resonate with them â€” whether theyâ€™re a vocalist, instrumentalist or a general lover of music,â€ Hill said.
Clark has high hopes for the student orchestraâ€™s season.
â€œThe orchestra is on a really good trajectory for this year! Our director, Dr. [Joseph] Kneer, is doing some great things with the orchestra program on campus,â€ Clark said.
Every December, musicians and singers collaborate on Trinityâ€™s annual Christmas Concert, which brings all of the seasonâ€™s most catchy tunes to Laurie Auditorium. On deck for the orchestraâ€™s spring schedule are some of classical musicâ€™s most popular and difficult arrangements. In February, they will tackle Haydnâ€™s â€œCreationâ€ with the Trinity Choir and select alumni in tow. Come April, they will perform â€œThe Barber of Sevilleâ€ and â€œThe Pines of Rome.â€
â€œTableaux, an Evening of French Musicâ€ will be performed on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.