MSO presents Unwritten, Unfinished, and Undergrads, Oh My!

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra is presenting an ambitious program the second Sunday in March.

Unwritten, Unfinished, and Undergrads, Oh My! is offered at 3 p.m. March 8 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University. Tickets for the general public are $10; free for MU students, faculty and staff with ID, and guests 18 years and younger.

Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony has not been performed on the Manchester University campus for about two decades.

“It is a major work in the canon and requires a great deal of work to prepare and perform,” said Scott Humphries, an assistant professor at the University who conducts the symphony orchestra.

The concert also showcases the artistic talents of current MU students, selected by outside adjudicators during the MSO concerto competition.

Guest artist for the evening is Kelly Iler, mezzo-soprano. The MU alumna will perform a major work by Hector Berlioz. Iler is in graduate school for music performance at the University of Northern Colorado.

Founded in 1939, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra is a carefully crafted collaboration of professional and community musicians, along with selected MU faculty, staff and student musicians.

Humphries also conducts the MU Symphonic Band and is principal conductor of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

Activities of the orchestra are supported by collaborations with the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Wabash County and the Honeywell Center.  Productions include the Piano Coffee Hour hosted by Timbercrest and the Peabody Retirement Community.  Also, look for performances by the MU Jazz Quartet sponsored by the MSO.

The MSO will present Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 (pastorale) by Beethoven on April 26 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.

February 23, 2015

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