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Sunday’s Sinfonietta concert events to include River City Art Association exhibit

The Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra will begin its 2017-18 season with “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” a musical description of two very different environments.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Cecilian Auditorium at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

The Sinfonietta will welcome River City Art Association artists who will exhibit their works from noon until 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the auditorium. Their exhibit will include a variety of art forms including mixed media, pastels, oils and photography. Many of the local artists exhibiting will be on hand to discuss their works, which will be available for purchase.

Mary Lee Hagan will serve as the narrator for the concert, the second time she has appeared in that role. She has served as the director of the Vigo County Historical Society the past 24 years and describes herself as a transplanted Hoosier and proud Hautean. She has collaborated with other arts organizations and enjoys connecting local history to their events.

Harpist Anna Zimmerman will make her debut with the Terre Haute Sinfonietta performing the “Scilienne from Pelleas and Melissande” by Gabriel Faure.

Zimmerman began studying harp after retiring from her career as a family practice physician serving both Terre Haute and Clinton. Music has always been an important part pf her life as she has performed on flute with the Terre Haute Community Band and as a violinist with the Danville, Illinois, Symphony and the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra.

“Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” will musically describe the gaiety and even the rowdiness of a Saturday night on the town followed by the serenity and reflection of a Sunday morning.

The “Twelfth Street Rag” by Euday Bowman is one example of several “rags” that were written and performed in bars and bordellos in Kansas City in the early 1900s.

“Manhattan Serenade” by Louis Alter is a more romantic tune made popular by Jo Stafford with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra in 1942.

A great song to bridge the time between Saturday and Sunday is Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” perhaps Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook. It has been recorded by dozens of artists but first made popular by Fred Astaire in 1932 in thestage play, “The Gay Divorcee.”

Sunday morning may be partly described by two selections from German composer Johann Sebastian Bach who was a prolific writer of both sacred and secular cantatas. “Sheep May Safely Graze” is a secular cantata often performed at weddings. Bach’s “Prelude from Cantata No. 156” is one of many written for church services.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under age 10 are admitted free. There is no cost to attend the art exhibit in the lobby. Tickets will be available at the door; there will be no reserved seats.

Harpist:Anna Zimmerman will make her debut with the Terre Haute Sinfonietta on Oct. 15 in the Cecilian Auditorium at Saint Mary-ofthe- Woods College as she performs the “Scilienne from Pelleas and Melissande” by Gabriel Faure.

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