Family weekend performance by Miami University Symphony Orchestra

by Jeanne Harmeyer, College of Creative Arts

Miami University’s Symphony Orchestra will perform its first concert of their 101st season on Friday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Hall Auditorium. Conducted by Ricardo Averbach, the concert is in recognition of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl. Admission is free.

The program highlight is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. The work was premiered with Beethoven himself conducting in Vienna in 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau in the Napoleonic Wars. Some lovers of classical music consider the second movement of the symphony to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

Also on the program, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, a work Copland wrote for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1942, during World War II. The work is dedicated to the common man who fought in the war for freedom.

Luminosity, by contemporary composer Anthony DiLorenzo will feature members of Miami University Brass and Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Jaime Morales-Matos, associate professor of trombone at Miami.

Special guests

Cole Tutino

Cole Tutino, cello soloist

The orchestra will feature cellist Cole Tutino’s first performance as soloist with the orchestra in Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 193 by Joachim Raff. Tutino is visiting instructor of cello at Miami and also serves as principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

Also joining the orchestra, Miami alumnus Marion Peraza de Webb and students of the Peraza Music Workshop, a local studio founded in 2005 where Webb serves as director. Students of Webb have won numerous competitions in Ohio and nationally, and many have continued their musical studies at some of the finest schools in the country. The student guests will perform Salut d’Amour by Edward Elgar, one of the composer's most popular pieces that is commonly referred to as an instrumental love song.

Peraza workshop students

Students of Peraza Music Workshop

Daniel Pearl World Music Days is an international network of concerts that use the power of music to promote cross-cultural understanding and remind people of all cultures and religions that we share a common humanity.

The event, which embodies the theme "Harmony for Humanity," was created as a response to Pearl's 2002 kidnapping and murder at the hands of extremists in Karachi, Pakistan.

Since 2002, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has encompassed more than 13,900 performances in 140 countries.