25, No. 5, Sept. 1, 2005
adds ‘touch of dance’ to 2005-06 season
The UI’s Sinfonia da Camera will set its 2005-06 season in motion
– literally – by introducing “a touch of dance”
to its performances.
Philip T. Johnston, a UI professor of dance, will serve as the orchestra’s
choreographic director for the season. Most of the programs –
with the exception of a Feb. 4 performance celebrating the 250th anniversary
of Mozart’s birth – will feature some flavor of dance, ranging
from traditional to contemporary. Dancers will include Johnston, other
UI dance faculty members and students.
“We just thought it was a good time to celebrate dance,”
said Ian Hobson, the chamber orchestra’s music director and a
UI professor of music. “It’s something new … an idea
that grew out of our musicians and a board member who were particularly
interested in dance and music in all its guises.”
The mixing begins at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the Foellinger Hall, Krannert
Center for the Performing Arts, when the program reflects a homegrown,
all-American spirit with a Broadway Gala concert featuring music by
Leonard Bernstein; Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe; Richard Rodgers
and Oscar Hammerstein II; and others. Highlights will include a performance
of Aaron Copland’s classic ballet “Rodeo,” which will
feature nine dancers performing during two of the four movements. A
champagne reception and silent auction will follow.
The remainder of the season takes on a more international tone and will
include two historic premieres: the American premiere of Romanian composer
George Enescu’s opera “Oedipe,” and the world premiere
of Mauro Giuliani’s long-lost Concerto for Terz Guitar, reconstructed
and performed by James Buckland.
The semi-staged performance of “Oedipe” on Oct. 15 –
planned as part of a broader campus commemoration of the 50th anniversary
of Enescu’s death – will feature an international cast of
The premiere of Giuliani’s Concerto, Op. 36, for Terz Guitar will
be featured during the March 4 program, which is billed as “A
Mediterranean Evening.” According to the orchestra’s assistant
director, Rebecca Riley, a terz guitar is the original instrument Giuliani
composed for during the early 19th century. It is smaller than a traditional
guitar and tuned a minor third higher.
Details about the 2005-06 season are available on the orchestra’s