Symphony, Appleton team up for music, art series

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On Sunday, Jan. 9, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Appleton Museum of Art will launch their new SoundArt series of music and art at the Museum.

The first in the series is entitled “The Nature of Music” celebrating the Appleton’s Reflections exhibit which closes that day. Appleton Curator Ruth Grimwill speak on the Reflections exhibit, and the afternoon will feature “Tetra”, the Orchestra’s string quartet, Yefim Romanov and Christine Shen on violin, Laura Clark on viola, and Kristin McDougal on cello.

They will play selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz, and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin (Morning Song), musical pieces inspired by the great outdoors. The afternoon will include an introduction from OSO conductor Matthew Wardell and opportunities for audience members to interact, ask questions, and be a part of this intimate music-making experience.

Tickets are available at both OSO www.ocalasymphony.com and 352-351-1606 and the Appleton front desk for $15 each or $40 for the series. The program begins at 3 p.m. Ticket price includes museum admission, the performance and guided tours of the museum.


The other programs in the series include:


On March 6 the program is “Who’s Baroque?” and OSO principal cellist Edward Klein and friends talk about and play Bach to decipher his monumental influence on music. What does Bach’s baroque music share with baroque art? Was Bach avant-garde? Who else is Baroque?


On April 10 the program is “American Music and the Wild Wild West”. To Europe, just as to the New Yorker, most of America was seen as the “Wild West.” However, cultural centers of our fledgling country such as New York and New Orleans were producing America’s first legitimate artists and composers who could go toe-to-toe with great European-trained artists and musicians. Pianist Michael Wittenburg will lead the audience in discovering the origins of truly American music and art and follow their path out west.


The Ocala Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1975, currently performs eight concerts a year at the Ocala Breeders Sales Auditorium, along with other special performances. It is a 501c3 non-profit corporation supported entirely by ticket sales, donations, sponsorships and grants, with offices in the Seven Sisters Inn Annex located at 820 SE Fort King Street in Ocala. Performance dates and tickets for subscription concerts are available at the OSO office or through www.ocalasymphony.com.