OA: Trio of concerts to kick off music season at Mesa State

Mesa State College students rehearse for Mesa State Wind Symphony’s concert set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Robinson Theatre.

Andrea Arese-Elias and Carlos Elias,  at the piano, will perform a concert series in Snowmass, Glenwood

A trio of Mesa State College concerts are coming up, the first of the 2008–2009 season.

•  The Mesa State Fall Choral Concert with the concert, chamber and women’s choirs is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the college’s Moss Performing Arts Center, Robinson Theatre, 1231 N. 12th St.
Derrick Johnson, visiting choir conductor, said the three choirs offer a diverse mixture of pieces including two pieces by American composer Carol Barnett, an Israeli folk song sung in Hebrew, a French love song, an old madrigal and more. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and children.

•  The Mesa State Wind Symphony Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Robinson Theatre, features music commissioned specifically for the Wind Symphony.
The music was inspired by the Grand Valley and written by composers the college commissioned for Best of the West Select Band.
Other pieces include “Early Light” by Carolyn Bremer and “Black Dog” featuring clarinet/ saxophone professor Adam Ballif and written by Scott McAllister based on the Led Zepplin song.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and children.

•  A main portion of the Mesa State Symphony Orchestra Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, is Beethoven’s half hour-long “Emperor Concerto” with guest pianist Andrea Arese-Elias.
The concert takes place in Robinson Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and children.
“It’s a great gorgeous piece,” said Carlos Elias, Mesa State director of strings and orchestra. “It’s well orchestrated, too.”
In the first half of the concert, the symphony will perform Mozart’s Overture to the “Magic Flute” and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8 (unfinished).”
About 45 students will perform in the symphony.
“The kids have been working hard, it will come out good,” Elias said.

For more information about the concerts or for tickets, contact the Mesa State box office at 248-1954.


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