directed by Dr. Alexandra Dee
The concert launches with Lift-Off! by App State’s own Dr. Roger Zare, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Composition & Theory). A celebration of human space exploration, this quick and energetic piece was commissioned by the Sarasota Orchestra Symphony Association when NASA was returning the Space Shuttle to flight in 2005.
Dances in the Canebrakes, originally written for piano by Florence Price (1887-1953) and orchestrated by William Grant Still, is inspired by African-American folk songs and dances of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Memory by Evan Chapman (b. 1991) showcases the percussionists of the ASO in a piece just for this section of the orchestra.
Symphony No. 8 in G Major by Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) is a powerful and dramatic work, its four movements a masterful journey through many moods, inspired in part by Dvořák’s Czech homeland.