Boise State Symphony Orchestra launches Music Department into new semester

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Sweeping melodies echoed through the Morrison Center as the Boise State Symphony Orchestra performed their first concert of the season Sunday, Sept. 24th. The concert began at 7:30 p.m., and included nine pieces, all revolving around the theme of “‘Suite’ and Lasting Impressions of Home.” The classic pieces featured were easily recognizable, and were composed by well known composers, such as Dvořák, Grieg and Ives.

According to Orchestra Director Craig Purdy, the pieces included in the setlist were picked because “they represent the character and stylistic traits of each composer and their country of origin.” Each piece represented a different country, including Russia, Spain, Norway and others. The concert ended on a patriotic note, with the orchestra performing Variations on “America,” composed by Charles Ives.

After the concert, the 64 band members were excited as they met with and were complimented by their friends and family, and overall seemed proud of their performance.

“Every performance is going to have it’s flaws,” said Kyle True, second year graduate and principal cellist, “But overall, it was a really good concert, and I think we played at a pretty high level tonight.”

Levi Kuskie, Freshman Music Composition Major has been playing violin for the Orchestra since the beginning of the term.

“It’s wonderful to be able to make music with a larger group of people that appreciate music,” Kuskie said. “As a group, we did great. Mr. Purdy himself even mentioned how pleased he was with us during our pre-concert rehearsal.”

Although the members were pleased with their performance, they also were able to identify areas for improvement.

“As a musician, you’re always going to be you’re own worst critic,” explained freshman violinist Rachael Fry, “but by the audience response I think it went very well- and the reason we play music is for the world.”

For students who didn’t get the chance to see their first concert, Boise State Symphony Orchestra will be performing their “Halloween Spook-tacular: ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 in the Velma Morrison Center.

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