Weekend: Two composers, two stories

THE UNIVERSITY of Findlay Orchestra will present “Grieg and Bizet” April 22 in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. (Photo provided)

The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “Grieg and Bizet” on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.

Directed by Soojin Lee, the program includes Edvard Grieg’s most popular work, the “Peer Gynt” suite, and two of Georges Bizet’s most popular compositions, the “L’Arlésienne” suite; and “Les Toreadors” from the opera, “Carmen.”

Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” suite was originally composed for the drama “Peer Gynt,” written by Henrik Ibsen. It is the story of the downfall and subsequent redemption of a Norwegian peasant anti-hero. A concert hall favorite, Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne” suite was composed for a melodrama about a young peasant’s love for a girl from Arles. These pieces, including “Carmen,” are incidental music that will tell the audiences the stories through their composition.

The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. This year, about 20 woodwind and brass players were included in order to perform as a full orchestra.

The performance will be free, but tickets are required. They can be reserved by calling the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 419-423-2787. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert.



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