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Composer joins area symphony concert

Tuesday, February 5, 2002

The Cherokee Symphony will perform their winter concert on Sunday, February 10, at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at the Cherokee Community Center and will feature music from various composers.

Selections include "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy, "Symphony of American Folk Songs" by Jim Theobald, and the "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" by Peter Tchaikovsky.

One of the features of the concert, the "Symphony of Ameri can Folk Songs" is a piece by a modern composer, Jim Theobald. Theobald will be in attendance at the concert to hear this piece performed. He is a native of Massachusetts and has been composing since the age of seven. In the 40 years of his career Theobald has composed more than 200 pieces, most of which are challenging and fun to perform. The compositions include three symphonies for orchestra, wind-ensemble works, operas, concerti, and countless more. His music has been performed at Lincoln Center Library, the University of Michigan, and Merkin Concert Hall among others, and broadcast in New York and by the Australian Broadcasting Company.

The Folks Song Symphony was created in response to two impulses that Theobald had for many years 1) to write a symphonic treatment of songs he sang as a child, and 2) to create a composition which would be approachable by a community orchestra made up of musicians at all levels. Theobald attempted to compose theme in a style similar to that of the 18th and 19th centuries, which helps them compliment the other pieces on the Cherokee Symphony program. The four movements of the symphony include: I. Oh, Susannah! II. On Top of Old Smoky. III. Frog Went A 'Courtin', and IV. I've been Working on the Railroad. "My hope is that the older members of the audience will be transported back to their childhoods with this music and that younger ones will be introduced not only to the wonderful heritage of American folk songs, but to how a composer can play with familiar themes to create something new," said Theobald.

The Symphony will also perform "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy. Debussy represented the most influential development in French music in the late 19th and 20 the centuries: Impressionism. He is one of the most original composers in the history of music. At the Paris Conservatory, where he spent eleven years, he soon became known as a musical rebel. Prelude is a piece inspired by a poem by Stephane Mallarme, one of the Symbolist poets who sought to use rhyme and rhythm, and the sound of words, with something of a musical effect. The story portrays a faun (Roman Mythological half man/half goat character) awoke and attempting to remember a dream.

Tickets for the concert are available at the door, and season tickets will be honored. Adult tickets are seven dollars and students are admitted free of charge. The Symphony invites everyone to attend the concert and not only enjoy the beautiful works of music, but meet the composer.