The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mitchell Arnold, will perform Tchaikovsky’s heartrending Symphony No. 6, “Path�tique,” during its concert at the Creative Arts Center, Thursday, Nov. 21.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.

The WVU Symphony Orchestra, nationally recognized in 2013 for excellence, will also present Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from the opera “Peter Grimes,” and the first performance of “Amazonia Revisited,” by WVU School of Music professor David Taddie.

“Tchaikovsky’s ‘Symphony’ is a devastating expression of the composer’s confrontation with the inevitability of death,” said Dr. Arnold, WVU director of orchestral activities. “There are moments of passion, turmoil, exuberance, joy tinged with nostalgia, all fading into nothingness.

“Britten’s ‘Sea Interludes’ capture the power, danger and turbulence of the sea off the Suffolk coast of England. This is a forbidding coast from which the local towns people took sustenance in the face of ever-present danger.”

The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Mitchell Alan Arnold, conductor

David Taddie – “Amazonia Revisited” (premiere)

Benjamin Britten – “Four Sea Interludes” from “Peter Grimes”

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6 in B Minor, “Path�tique”

Arnold said David Taddie began his “Amazonia” series in the 1980’s after the destruction of the Amazonian rainforests first came to global attention.

“David’s new work vibrates with life that is eradicated with a shattering musical climax. He is a master at creating sublime sonorities from the orchestra.”

Arnold received a doctorate in conducting from Northwestern University and has an extensive background in new music. Before coming to WVU, he was director of orchestras at Northern Illinois University and assistant director of orchestras at Northwestern University. He has also served on the faculties at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. In March 2013 he made his guest-conducting debut with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston.

David Taddie is professor of music theory and composition at West Virginia University and head of the Electronic Music Studio. He has written music for band, orchestra, choir, solo voice, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles as well as electroacoustic music. His music has been widely performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia by numerous soloists and ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the University of Iowa, University of Miami, and West Virginia University Symphony Orchestras, Alea III, the New Millennium Ensemble, the California Ear Unit, the Core Ensemble, the Cabrini Quartet, the Mendelssohn String Quartet, the Portland Chamber Players, the Gregg Smith Singers, and many others. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition from Cleveland State University and the doctorate in composition from Harvard University. He has received several prestigious awards including ones from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation and the Music Teachers National Association.

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